On the Trail

just outside the rainfly
a rouse of autumn leaf music
as the trail stands sentinel from sunrise to
sunset to sunrise once again, and again
a pair of hiking boots stand at ease
tongues out, laces undone
longing for the next step and a newborn day
the first day, and the next first day
and so on – this small adventure
a footslog to clarity
with life at the heart of it

Jenna Heller is an American now living in New Zealand. More of her writing can be found or in Poetry NZ, Takahē and Popshot. jennaheller.com

You can see more of her work in 5.2