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Walking the Dog in Winter

The solace of lonely things

By Lori LamothePublished about a year ago 1 min read
Top Story - October 2022
Walking the Dog in Winter
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The tree holds sky between its branches—

a cloud and a blue so intense it reminds me

of summer, as if it’s possible for a dying,

lonely thing to open its arms and wrap

warmth inside stillness. Of course

nothing actually works like that. The cloud

shakes itself free from the tree’s embrace,

refuses to take part in my wishing

this blustery, scattered moment into metaphor.

A long time ago life flamed complicated

patterns. There were cities, the rush and crush

of love, late nights in bars and unfamiliar

rooms, lights that blurred by or blared neon,

other lights strung across melodious courtyards.

Always there was the swoosh of days—years—

streaming between high buildings. I still like

to think about it sometimes but I don’t miss it.

At the center of the field the tree waits

with its fanned branches, its high, delicate

expectations spread so wide I’m sure

it won’t be long until night comes

with blackness and a slow dazzle of stars

to teach us about a different kind of blossoming.

nature poetry

About the Creator

Lori Lamothe

Poet, Writer, Mom. Owner of two rescue huskies. Former baker who writes on books, true crime, culture and fiction.

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Comments (41)

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  • Simon George11 months ago

    The first line and paragraph are so captivating they encapsulate the message of the poem. Loved it.

  • Nature about a year ago


  • Jacquie Mayhornabout a year ago

    So vivid and beautiful.

  • Natalie Wilkinsonabout a year ago


  • Ashleigh Amesabout a year ago

    Love this so much!

  • Alex H Mittelman about a year ago

    Well written!

  • Stephanie Brownabout a year ago


  • Jori T. Sheppardabout a year ago

    Way to go! This was a great poem

  • K. C. Wexlarabout a year ago

    beautiful poem :)

  • Aliya Dicey about a year ago


  • D.D. Schneiderabout a year ago

    Fantastic, a deserving win! love the imagery at the beginning and viewing the trees and sky

  • Jay Galloabout a year ago


  • Just Danielabout a year ago

    Interesting read. Congratz on your win =).

  • Poetry Landscapesabout a year ago

    Hits nicely. Great read.

  • Denise Larkinabout a year ago

    Beautiful and heartfelt. Congrats on being a winner!

  • Efulabout a year ago

    Good Job, I love your articles

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  • KJ Aartilaabout a year ago

    Lovely piece! Congrats on your win! 😀

  • Patrick M. Ohanaabout a year ago

    Congratulations, Lori : )

  • Loryne Andaweyabout a year ago

    You can make the world stand still with your words. Thank you and congratulations.

  • Deasun T. Smythabout a year ago

    great poem, congratulations.

  • Copperchaleuabout a year ago

    Thank you for sharing, great write up!

  • Kylaraabout a year ago

    Congratulation! Amazing poem!

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