ellsworth strolling

Strolling Ellsworth
shopping and doing errands
with Sam
who usually wants to drive
from place to place
if only a few blocks

warm wonderful
sunny Saturday

1.3 miles

lunch walk

to Serendib
along Water Street
one way

and back on Franklin Street
a woman stops me

asking for directions
to an Antique Store

I’m confident ’cause
I just passed it

on foot

half hour
one mile

tuesday tradition

frequently on Tuesdays
lunch time walk

clear my head and

locate myself in
time and space

check out what’s flowering

30 minutes
just over a mile

checking for mushrooms

quick walk on the trail
to Fiery Mountain

didn’t hike all the way
buggy, threatening rain

looked for chicken of the woods
black trumpets

didn’t see any
passed some people

and some dogs

1.3 miles


Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island
Nibezun, Passadumkeag, Maine

pavilion seating under boughs
open aisles to the four directions
talks jokes
ceremonies prayers
drums speak
water sharing women
from Wisconsin

walk from the pavilion
to the brook “Penobscot”
which flows into the Penobscot
air alive with insects

no record of miles walked
cell phone turned off
for the occasion