Alpine Snowshoeing

Shoes compress the snow
With the clack of a rail-track
As skis compete for space
Yet the earth becomes mine
In the moment of my plantar contact.
Poles pierce the snow
With the creak of a door
As vibration adds exhilaration
And the earth’s energy becomes mine
In the moment of not being side-tracked.
Each step possesses the snow
Freshly crunched under foot
While the peaks endure
With beauty belonging to me
In the moment of their visual impact.
February 2010
Snowshoeing above La Clusaz (Lac du Confin) and Megève (Mt D'Arbois), France,

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