Angle to Key West: Snowbirds (9/14)

Mississippi River above Aitkin, MN – September 14, 2012

Every night geese form V’s and fill the skies, soaring overhead with a chorus of calls that echo and disappear into the southern horizon.

I watch them pass, envious of their speed, their direct line laid across the muddy curves of my river. There is no doubt anymore, Winter is coming. It’s in the extra minute of darkness each morning, in the air’s bite, in the red leaves floating on the water.

“South, south,” the world screams. “South before the door slams shut.”

“How long,” I ask.

But no one answers, so I stare at those geese slipping away each night and hope they are not the last, hope that tomorrow I am not staring up at winter’s empty sky.

2 thoughts on “Angle to Key West: Snowbirds (9/14)

  1. For what it’s worth, I think you’re still in pretty good shape. (I do say that with a hint of irony, because five years ago this weekend I found myself caught in an early snow storm just beyond Snoqualmie Pass, watching my thru-hike come to an end…) Generally in October you’ll have cold nights, but really pretty pleasant days. Enjoy the colors and welcome to the next chapter of your journey!

  2. “South, south,” the world screams. “South before the door slams shut.”—-I love your writing!

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