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.

AUTHOR BIO:

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.