Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Springtime with Father

We saddled up before hint of sunrise stretched against
the bitter cold of the California morning. Fog lifted from
the mouths of the horses, the trampled soil, as hard as frost.

With buttoned coats, we rode toward Sonoma, our horses,
breaking through frozen puddles along the trail. It was winter,
but the air was crisp with scents of lupine and sweet clover,
each an exquisite reminder that spring had come to the north.

We headed up to the hills, treated with open splendor: a world
away from the high-strung urban development of San Francisco.
Frost rested across an open field, above us, an unbending sky,
its deep blue warmed by first sun of morning.

Our family took the ride each Sunday, father, simple in dress,
serene in countenance, leading the pack up to where mudducks
and mountain top meet. Later that night we sat dimly, sipping
cocoa on river's edge as father told stories--- we laughed,

unable to see what the future would bring: my father would never
return. I go up the mountain alone now, a pocket full of memoirs,
days when I knew nothing, but what he taught me, days when
I felt alive, as warm and certain as his hands.

7 comments to Cher:

Cherilyn Ferroggiaro said...

2nd Draft-

ryan said...

of course, i already gave you my thoughts, but it is always lovely to read your words wherever i may find them.

thanks for sharing is a lovely poem.

& thank you for visiting my blog.


rgrds-
ryan

ryan said...

i like v much what you have done to this since i last read.

rgrds
ryan

Cherilyn Ferroggiaro said...

:)

Patry Francis said...

Seems very finished to me. I wouldn't change a word.

Dita said...

I'm sorry I didn't stop by your site sooner. I saw your comment on my blog, but then I was without internet access for some time. Anyway, I like your work a lot. I can really feel the San Francisco morning...

ryan said...

*taps foot impatiently waiting for new blog entry*

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