Awareness

Summer hiking starts soon
It’s one of my favorite things to do
I am aware of nature’s dangers
Losing my footing
Falling down hills
Encountering wild creatures
In their natural habitat
As I innocently invade it
Yes, venomous snakes are there
Somewhere
I try not to think about them
Until some well meaning soul
Reminds me to beware
And suddenly I see them
Everywhere
Even when
They aren’t even there

E.A. Fussell
6.10.2020

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