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I took a walk in the woods, and came out taller than trees. -Thoreau

Somewhere between

Snow and slush, sleet and rain

stepping through remains

of a softly kissed scene

Destined to beat

down a path, dirt and sludge

dry mittens and socks

have soaked through again

Some might assume

this, the winter of winter

offers nothing, no value

no longer serene

but here in between

some supposed ideals

one can see the whole season

in the midst of the calm and the tension it brings

And in that that the lesson

sagging with wet

and with weight

while we pause, and we wait, for the branches to spring

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