Saturday, February 7, 2015

Winter Smoke Signals













Speeding on a winter highway,
Passing farm houses in the fog…
I caught the scent of a chimney
Belching a sweet pine log.

Instantly it was Christmas day,
In nineteen fifty-four…
Also a campfire at Yosemite
And so many memories more.

A glass of wine at a ski lodge,
The hike at 6th grade science camp…
Major forest fires in Truckee
Scented oil in a dorm room lamp.

The Airwick in mom’s bathroom,.
The pine tree on a rear-view mirror…
I saw sixty years of memories,
Within seconds in fifth gear.

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