Social Isolation: Day 31

I feel for friends
in bigger cities
who cannot head
outside. But, here,
cold and population
loss mean I am alone
on this path today.
.
To learn means
to follow a track,
I read.
To walk is to learn.
 
I walked to the bottom
of the Grand Canyon
once and back up,
barefoot, into a new life.
 
I walked to the top
of a mountain, twice,
to give back
my siblings’ ashes.
 
Trails here at the western
edge of the state
follow old paths
to war,
            to water,
to the gathering place.
 
If we’re lucky,
and I think we are,
we’ll learn our way,
one step at a time,
to the gathering place.
 
 
S. Robbins, April 18, 2020

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