What food for the imagination those sounds were.
I imagined what it was like for the "pioneers" who came struggling through, looking for new lives in this strange land ... what it was like for those who were already here when those settlers came.
I gathered cones, of course, as so many children ... and adults ... had done through the ages.
I imagined that they were treasure ... that I was exploring some distant island ... while my ship sat in a quiet cove nearby, its massive sails catching the sunlight and a gentle tropical breeze.
And more cones.
How strange they were ... how plentiful ... fragrant ... and magical.
Oh, the memories I gathered in those early, carefree days.
And now, the poem:
Tall pines comb
the summer wind
for its soft music
while I linger,
of childhood days
rich with the smell
of gathered cones.
(originally published in Capper's)
Today's word: savoring