Poetry: The Trail – The Press

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About the poem
For many years I lived along the St. Croix River in the Great Northwoods of Wisconsin, where
bears, wolves and cougars shared the forest with me.

It was a period of isolation.

Loneliness exposed me to the brutality and fragility of life, and how one had to use one’s senses to survive.

About the poet
Dg Clearing grew up in Seymour and now lives in Menasha.

His poems are both personal and tell a social story of our time.

In 2020, the Council for Wisconsin Writers chose him as one of the poets to represent Wisconsin for “National Poetry Month” in their documentary film series.

His work has appeared in USA Today Gannett’s: The Milwaukee Journal, Green Bay Press-Gazette, The Appleton Post-Crescent, Letters to Gaia, Out Loud and others.

He recently made his poetry debut in New York, reading at the Nuyroicn Poets Cafe.

He is also a visual artist and his art has been exhibited alongside works by Andy Warhol, George Morrison, Peter Dean, Christo and others.

The Trail
I’ve hiked the trail several times.
Every season filled with memories
wildflowers, April showers
ferns, in the July humidity
colors of the leaves, at the passage of October
white and silent, the crust of January.
Change is subtle, along the way
a young tree
new moss, on a rock
morels, after the morning dew
a fallen branch.
Take note of the change.
Beaten, with footprints, the road is taken by others. After rain or snow, fresh tracks can be seen. Deer, mink, squirrels, turkeys all share the path. Bear and cougar crossed my path. Wolves and coyotes have been sighted.
Be wise, walk familiarly, with caution and respect.
Smells and sounds, each season guide the choir of mirettes, in the marsh
towering pines, with the scent of their cool sap breezes whistling along the edge of the cliff
crows caw as they pass.
The senses say, right and wrong direction.
The beginning and the end, begin the trail.
Subtle changes, give advice.
Respect and be wise, your path is shared. Listen to your senses, for direction.

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