winter camp

zoey has the children, the little ones,

gathering sweetgrass for bedding


and weaving, the older girls are with hattie,

the boys with samuel--the sky says snow. 

high above, on the bluff, the encampment 

is taking shape--horses hobbled and grazing,

clover's tail wagging, exploring—

amos harvest fallen trees


from summer storms for fuel,

all, as time allows unloading wagons,


setting caravans for best vantage,

making camp, winter camp--


water, pasture, a natural ampitheater

to keep the sheep nearby, and so comes


the end of one year on the eve of a new one,

and the river speaks and the wind replies


and a few wintering vultures circle

and a hawk cries and the first flakes fall. 








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Written on 2021-01-01 at 06:28

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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
You evoke a longing in me with this. A longing to be a part of this family of fundamental people living quietly and gently on the land. Thanks for that.

Happy New Year!