walking along a path this sunny afternoon
i feel the ground through the soles of my shoes
—gravel, roots, last autumn’s leaves.
i feel my heel strike, the roll across my arch, pad, toes
push off, leg swings through
with each step i feel
the rise of my spine,
sway of my arms,
pace of my thoughts
with each step i hear
—gravel, roots, last autumn’s leaves
and roll along
i slow down.
the path rises up and i feel my body receiving
the wetness of taste.
~ jeni, 6/25/18
photos: me; Springfarm Trailhead, Mohonk Preserve, NY. June 2018.