It's a game now, to see what road
I can follow to a place of fear.
Today I went up and over a sand dune
to meet the ocean crashing - one wave
roared ashore and chased me up the path,
swallowed my footprints in the sand.
I ran ahead to safety, and turned back
to look at the foamy remains, gravity
pulling that spent rogue back to the flock,
leaving me breathless and triumphant.
Later I walked the Long Point loop,
a rutted, muddy road of oaks and pines
that led me further and further east to
nowhere; as the sun set, I turned back,
away from the coming darkness,
content with my hour in the shadowy
forest, a magical place of mossy carpets,
fallen limbs, and endless bends in the road.
~ Susie Middleton