There's a sharp frosty switchback that never sees the sun in winter skies of blue. The frost heave cut-bank rocks tumble down to the side of the road, in the ice shard mottled ditch lay frozen stiff
Tall Sitka spruce marbled gray shadows mat the sparsely traveled corridor, paved with potholes, where the roads have no names Sometimes listening quietly to the bare stillness, there are rhetorical questions heard in the silent reverie's say:
"Have you ever been afraid?"
The tree-line gaps above the jagged gray stone ravine, disappearing down the rugged mountain shade, falling into the pillow-top fog bank blanketing the canyon's murmurs below — headed towards the ocean
Crystalline spring waters gurgle up roadside — out of nowhere, where tired boots stand in reverent contemplation as it all sings out harmoniously to the trees in the key of silence; it was there in a gust of restless forbearance heard the frozen peacefulness say:
"Have you ever felt alone?"
Gathering a deep breath of marbled gray shadows, silence bears a loud holler's scorn — echoing back and forth down canyon walls, with the spirit of a voice a multitude strong, evanescent as winter's outgoing tide.
January 2019 — Jesse Stillwater
winter thoughts mused by an understanding poet friend's words