footsteps superposed over those
of turkey and mule deer
split sky half clear
split moon over shoulder blades
time-sculpted boulders slip into canyon shade
covers what day remains

touch and sound of breeze
match the rhythmic icy crunch
chill air merits layered sleeves
canyon footsteps plunge
into white winter unperturbed
clear bird heard without words

settled snow ancient stones stoic trees
trickling stream sets the pace of time
ice patterns rise from white
evoked by melt wind and re-crystallization
knees snow deep
imagine many landscapes underneath

Snowy canyon in late afternoon