Got this in my email from Poets.org today … and it’s pretty evocative of today’s mood, so I thought I’d share. Enjoy. Or don’t.
FOOTPRINT ON YOUR HEART
Someone will walk into your life,
Leave a footprint on your heart,
Turn it into a mudroom cluttered
With encrusted boots, children’s mittens,
Where you linger to unwrap
Or ready yourself for rough exits
Into howling gales or onto
Frozen car seats, expulsions
Into the great outdoors where touch
Is muffled, noses glisten,
And breaths stab,
So that when you meet someone
Who is leaving your life
You will be able to wave stiff
Icy mitts and look forward
To an evening in spring
When you can fold winter away
Until your next encounter with
A chill so numbing you strew
The heart’s antechamber
With layers of rural garble.
Copyright © 2010, Gary Lenhart, Lecturer in English, Dartmouth University. From The World in a Minute, published by Hanging Loose Press. Reprinted without permission.