Hat, gloves, sweatshirt, pants,

at every campground we left some gear,

layer by layer, we shed our trip.

No need to restock spices and rice, WD40.

 

Across the Panhandle we lightened our loads.

Cycling past forests and woods,

I daydreamed: beach, ocean, school, home,

wondered how I would reenter my life.

 

Just as I’d start to make a plan, bushwhack

to a future me, I’d hear hunters’ shots  

behind the pines, high-pitched squeals,

whelps echoing deep inside.

Perry, Florida

55 Miles From Yesterday, Jane Schapiro, biking, camping, camp fire, Florida