falling into winter

locking time is near
the land will harden
the puddles freeze
 snow flurries 
what happens here:
wood cutsplitstacked 
bales stowed near barns
wool unpacked
socks by pairs or double pairs.
outside is a place to visit
while keeping the core warm, warm
i sleep under down
inside flannel
and downstairs
my elderly wendy
sleeps so deeply
miles to work and home.
back to real life
wendy, walks, being
right here.
yesterday, she brought me her ball to play
today, she loped for almost a mile.
not one staggered step.