A wooded trail in New England is different than any other-
For it speaks to you while you walk
The gray squirrels announce your arrival
while playing tag in the under brush-
The chipmunks chirp their warning
and now every woodland creature is aware-
The blue jay shrieks its boastful bellowing call of territorial command-
The wind rustles the drying leaves –
Readying themselves to drop to the ground-
They sound like evening whispers while sitting on a porch
A bend in the trail beckons you – though it is getting to be dusk-
Now the sounds of the path are darkening-
and have taken a tone of daring
Moonlight is seeping through the canopy of New England-
While you walk you hope the light of the moon will brighten the trail-
Just a bit more-
For you hear the same gray squirrels and rustling leaves-
But the squirrels are much larger now, and the whispers are no longer friendly front porch speak-
copyright 2016 -M. Taggart
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5 thoughts on “New England Talking Trail – A Poem”
Great poem! I’ve done some hiking in NH, and was wondering, what’s the best place to hike in the region?
Thanks Andrew. If you ever visit the NH area to hike I recommend Mount Monadnock. Though it’s one of the most traversed trails systems in the country, it’s still worth it once you get to the top.
Beautiful! It makes me feel as though I am actually in the woods listening to the squirrels and rustling leaves.
Thank you, Megan, I appreciate you saying so.
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ps, you might also like this- https://mtaggartwriter.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/bodies-in-the-basement-a-short-story/