Tracks in the snow

Tracks in the snow
tracks in the snow

And so happy new year, and snow on the sidewalks. Snow on the streets, and the evergreens. Snow on the steps of front porches. Snow on summer chairs.

Trees that were festively decorated for the Christmas holidays are out by the trash bins in the alleys. How beautiful they are, with the snow on their branches!

There are rabbit tracks and footprints of possums. There are tire tracks in the alleys, too. Tracks of the first ones venturing out into the new day, the new year. It’s all new, now. A fresh start!

I’m out too, to shovel snow. Favorite black sweater, hoodie, yard gloves, snow boots, too. Yes– the snow pants still fit! The snow this morning is fairly light and easy to shovel.

Shoveling yesterday, New Years Day, the snow was more heavy and dense. Snowman snow. Little kids were out with their parents as the streetlights came on in the evening, shouting in their bright-colored snowsuits. They were so delighted by the snow.

Some things don’t change. Everything is new to them. their future is just beginning. What world will they live to see?

Even as the snow was falling here, there were flood warnings in Kentucky, the same area hit by tornadoes in December. Snow on wildfires in Colorado. How many evergreens burned? How many houses? This is what climate change looks like.

So, we turn the page on our new calendars, digital or paper. Counting our numbered days, the new year has already begun. There is already more light after the winter solstice. There are bootprints and dog prints on the sidewalks.

There is a new moon to greet the new year on January 2nd. Beginning again. What marks will we make, what hopes and inspirations, what new things for this new year?


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  • The rhythm of your piece reminds me of Laura Nyro's Beads of Sweat, except that was more rain than snow.

  • Oh Jack, what a wonderful comment. That's such a great song. She is a poet, true. I am honored. Thank you!
    Wishing you all the best in the New Year.

  • Without recognizing the song, I can agree that this is beautifully done. Thank you for helping us recognize the beauty of it all.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    So glad you enjoyed it, thank you! Wishing you all good things in the New Year.

    Laura Nyro wrote so many great songs, Wedding Bell Blues, Eli's Comin, Stoney End, to name a few. Voice of an angel, too!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    ....and I thought you were going to score WG's composition for cello and piano.

  • In reply to jack:

    Maybe when my hand is back to 100 percent.

  • No more waiting for the virgin snow.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    That's beautiful, AW. Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes in the New Year!

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    If you believe the following comment under the linked YouTube:

    Tim Arnold
    11 months ago
    Never realized this until seeing this video. Laura died the exact same day my son Jared was born.

    there was one child born and a world to carry on.

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