Frozen Image - version 3 by Raymond A. Foss

Down the path
Away from the road,
Bustle of the highway
In the inner quiet
Cold of winter
Emptiness, sadness,
Turn inside

Catch of air – shortness of breath
Loss of warmth
Crunch of snow
Snap of branch
Startled revelation

A burst of downy wings
Shards, detritus, clutter
Festooned the ground
A vole track
Ended abruptly

Cardboard boxes,
Phone calls
Left belongings
Of rapid parting
And decisions made
Death frozen in place
Serenely, as it should be

Catches of light and shadow
The beat of predator feathers
Thrust into the crust
Preserved, as in paraffin

Cataloged and filed away
Without emotion
Words and unfilled promises,
Archived, haunting

Arc of
Captured in the coating –
Hands scooping
A pile of leaves
For bagging

Holding themselves
In the hug of the
Invisible wings

Frozen image
Fleeting, under melting
Life and death
Lost in time
Transformed by internalizing

Ponderous steps, footprints
Of the road
Down the path
I must take

by Raymond A. Foss

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