As an antidote to the frenzy so pervasive this time of year, we share this remembrance by Dan Guenther of simpler times and the joy revisiting them can conjure. Dan Guenther is the author of four novels, most recently Glossy Black Cockatoos, the 2010 Colorado Authors’ League award selection for genre fiction. His collection of selected poems, The Crooked Truth, is the 2011 Colorado Authors’ League poetry award winner.
We are grateful to Dan for helping us show our appreciation to you, our readers, for your support of We Wanted to Be Writers. We wish you all the joys of this special season.
Footprints in the Snow
By Dan Guenther
The foxes have left their footprints in the freshly fallen snow,
and Christmas memories from yesteryear come creeping back,
of checking that trap line with grandpa at daybreak, of grandma’s baking,
and how she cooked Wisconsin thick cut bacon with onions and new potatoes.
At times this beauty we once knew in a previous life,
before we were so wobbly on our pins,
seems far beyond our grasp;
And as we count our blessings
the grandkids search for free demos on the internet,
oblivious to what lurks in that dark cluster of aspens at the end of the road.
No doubt the subtle tracks we left behind are fading,
and this year the uncertainties still rise like wood smoke through the trees;
but what a light there is when families gather to remember the season,
when tomorrow remains within easy reach in the children’s dream-strung night.