Steering Boots

If I like a path I like to walk it to the end. Most often it steers to another path. Maybe I'll choose this one, maybe I won't: it's all whim, here in the park where the wind plucks trees bare under a vague sky.
I like to walk where I walk, off the path prescribed in tarmac: locate fallen leaves, amble under portly old firs, stand, observant, on the concentric lines of the stump.
Hands and knees are the best kind of cold: wakeful, not painful. A random taupe leaf sticks to my boot's toe.


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