WORDS TO TIE AND BIND
by JESSE WILLIAM OLSON
At first I focused on the ice crunch in the
gravel grit path bending by, the odd
lone caw of corvid questioning our walk
beside the gnarled oak, the straw-dry hyssop
whispering the breeze with goldenrod
stalks standing from the snowbanks by the deep
sometimes-reservoir, dried now to bones
by a dry autumn, as we walked through
chatting and connecting in our pack,
but by the end I don't remember much.
Crossing the trailhead back to the parking lot,
we stood, forgot the cold, the world, just talked.
No thought of after's separate lockdown homes,
just now: connection, words, community.
Jesse William Olson (he/they) spends significant time hiking, pointing out various native plants to friends, and sneaking away seeds and cuttings to work on re-wilding their yard in the Chicago suburb where they currently live. Most of their work includes a focus on the natural world, mental health and society, or unexpected points of view. Jesse has two books of poetry on Amazon and has a recent publication in The Birdseed. They are on Twitter as @jwo_writes.