poetry and prose about place

tracks in the snow

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On Tuesday I went for a walk in the grey woods.  Snow fell just before Christmas, so my walk turned into a quest to see who else had been walking (or running) in the woods. 

I found many tracks, large and small.  Mice had made their cylindrical tunnels, and occasionally had run across the surface.  At some places, you can see where their tunnels suddenly go subterranean…

Sometimes several paths converge at a sheltered area beneath a fallen log, like a woodland bus terminal…

There were lots of squirrel tracks, often ending at the base of a tree where their paths move into the treetops…  

Squirrel tracks crisscrossed with those of deer… 

I followed the trail of two deer deep into the woods, thinking they were long gone since the tracks were filled with a slight dusting of snow…

This made me a little careless, and the next thing I heard was a high-pitched snort and squeal of warning and the bounding of hooves through the woods.   I got a good look at two beautiful deer, but the camera was not ready.  I did capture the very fresh track of one of the retreating deer.



tracks in the snow


ephemeral proof

I follow the beacon

of a stash of spruce cones

stock-piled at the base

of a crooked tree

careen from a foe

slip beneath a log

dive into a hole

secret hollow 

a pause to still

thud thud of my heart



©  Jane Tims   2011


Written by jane tims

December 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

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  1. Visiting your blog is lovely as it often reminds me that there is a life out there in the mountains even if I can’t be in it -you conjour it up through a combination of words & images. And also because I think you draw beautifully & of course that interests me- I especially like this one. Happy New Year.


    Sonya Chasey

    January 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    • Hi Sonya. Thanks for the comment on my drawing. I like doing the drawings even more than the poems. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Jane


      jane tims

      January 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

  2. This is all beautiful Jane and your drawing are gorgeous.


    df barker

    December 30, 2011 at 10:20 am

    • Hi. Thanks! I will have a closer read of your site with time. Happy New Year to you and Mike Malone! Jane


      jane tims

      December 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm

  3. A novel anthropomorphic metaphor: “a woodland bus terminal.” It’s great that you know how to read the tracks as well as you do.

    Steve Schwartzman


    Steve Schwartzman

    December 30, 2011 at 9:22 am

    • Hi. Any skill I have is from paying attention to my husband who knows the woods very well. Jane


      jane tims

      December 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

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