snow fairies

blue sky

temps in the twenties

new snow

my three mile jaunt

no one but footsteps 

twinkling like Swarovski crystals

winking like snow fairies 

sparkling like paparazzi flashes

boots crunched

afternoon shadows turned blue

some stretches were fresh 

no one had ventured

just me

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breath turned ragged

swish of coat against my pants

rush of water in the half-frozen creek

some complain

some rant

some cuss

but the beauty is there

if you take a moment

to respect the snow fairies

and the magic that shimmers

on a winter’s day