American Bullfrog · Indigo Lake

Winter Walk

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by Laura Grace Weldon

Pavement icebound, I walk instead
around the pond, notice my steps attend
to a circle’s beginning and end while
animals, free of fence or cage, attend differently.

Their tracks follow hollows and ridges,
scents and sounds, a hundred variables beyond
my wavelength, all stories I will never know.

Water wrestled into ice heaves at the bank
grasps winter-softened leaves, reeds gone brittle.
The willow’s knuckled roots clutch at the edge,
branches leafed with tiny birds fluttering into flight.

Secrets, unseen, surround me. Blanding’s turtles,
bluegill, American bullfrogs sleep deep in the pond’s lungs
as I pass. Snakes, salamanders, dragonfly nymphs
wait nearby for spring. They know this icy landscape’s
promise. I haven’t yet mastered such faith.

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