along the beach, december

cold wind, snow on ground
through the preserve
past the community garden
down Eastside road
turned at Carter Lane
past the abandoned house
down the meadow
through the woods
onto Salt Pond Road
to Jellison’s Cove
past Lesley’s, stopping
for a neighborly chat,
while she strewn straw
on her raised beds,
newly energized to

cross-country ski, Old Pond Trail

Cross Country Skiing
by myself
on Old Pond trail
not sure whether I
was tiring but wanted
to reach the first road
so persevered
and made it

on the way back
listened to a podcast
return trip flew

4.0 miles
1 1/2 hours
immeasurably beautiful