poetry and prose about place

a moment of beautiful – tracks in the snow

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the space: new fallen snow

the beautiful: a Red Squirrel’s tracks


An expanse of new fallen snow is like an unwritten page.  When you find something written there, it is a message of beauty.

In our driveway, after the last snow, a Red Squirrel was the first to write on the ‘page’.  The prints were delicate, traced in blue shadows.


Our Red Squirrels are certainly not afraid of the snow.

digging for sunflower seeds

red squirrel with snow accumulating on his head



a love letter, unsigned


the meadow in winter

a sheet of paper


where the stream

flows under the ice


the sky

an envelope

lined in blue


tracks on the snow




pressed to the page




by melting

or a dusting

of new snow



Published as: ‘a love letter, unsigned’, 1999, Green’s Magazine XXVII (2): 44.

Copyright Jane Tims 1999

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  1. I love the pictures of the red squirrel. Very cute. The poem is beautiful.



    March 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm

  2. Your little red squirrel is a darling! 🙂
    “the sky/an envelope/lined in blue” – love this image…


    Barbara Rodgers

    March 5, 2012 at 10:36 am

    • Hi Barbara. Pesky little creature…yes he is cute. There are three of them, each with his/her own personality. Thanks for feedback on the poem. Jane


      jane tims

      March 6, 2012 at 6:54 am

  3. I love these photos and this poem. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing all of this.


    Carol Steel

    March 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

    • Hi Carol. I’m glad you liked them. Lots of snow fell last night. There will be more tracks this morning. Jane


      jane tims

      March 6, 2012 at 6:50 am

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