Saturday, February 6, 2010

walking slowly
under skies
un-Austin gray
steam rising
off Barton Springs
cloaking cormorants and herons
and big white swans
in ethereal splendor
making knobby-kneed cypresses
appear somber
and mysterious
cars passing over Zilker bridge
hit a heart-beat rhythm
tires catching blacktop seam
thrumming pulse
to throbbing soul
on path below
round rocks roll
from beneath
my muddy sneakers
dropping down
sheer sides
to turquoise creek
like an excited mutt
running in the park nearby
my soul scattered
under the red oak leaves
hiding the menace
of poison ivy
still a threat here
even in winter