minneahaha falls and back
Even warmer today! Less layers, sun. Ran to the falls and back. Running south, no headphones; running, north, a playlist. My left hip/knee/back (the usual suspect) felt sore, but not too bad.
10 Things I Noticed
- The clicking and clacking of ski poles, the scratching and scuffing of skis on bare pavement: a cross-country skier crossing the road! I think this is the first one I’ve seen this season
- Kids laughing and yelling and having fun at the playground across the road
- A walker and an unleashed dog on the Winchell Trail below me. For a moment, I thought the dog might be trying to keep up with me
- The falls is fully frozen, at least it looks and sounds like it to me. All I saw was a hulking column of ice; all I heard was silence, no gushing or trickling water
- Heard the call (not the peck) of a pileated woodpecker, the fee bee of a black-capped chickadee
- The path had less snow on it. Some stretches were completely bare, others had wide strips that were clear. Under the ford bridge it was a soft, slushy mess
- As I entered the river road trail, I passed someone who had been running, but just stopped. At first I thought she was muttering something under her breath, but then I realized she was breathing heavily, then I heard a voice coming out of her phone, giving her instructions that I couldn’t quite hear. Was she doing a couch to 5k program?
- Noticed my shadow ahead of me as I ran south — clear and sharp in the bright sun
- Heard the raucous laugh of a walker on the other side of edmund, her voice echoing
- one thing I didn’t notice: the river. Again, I forgot to look at it
I think I’ll post more Chang/Merwin poems this month. Here’s another one from Chang that resonated for me:
Separation/ Victoria Chang
Each day, landscape splits
from the beauty it emits.
When nature is free
from sight, it is most
like itself. I erase each
word right after I write it.
Separation/ W. S. Merwin
Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.