Strong shadows

Sweatered, hat & gloves, and winter coated up, I stepped out for my hike around the lake this morning in crisp 30+ degree March wind and caught myself in a moment as I saw the Japanese maple in our front yard and its shadow on our home . . . 

their shadows follow me
in silent pauses 
through memories' years
oh, Dad
oh, Dearest Friend
oh, Lolas & Lolos
oh, Manangs & Manongs
oh, Wanted Children
your steps alongside mine
each stride supports me
as i lean into my breathing space
breathing in love
breathing out hope