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walking with foxes

The chilly path I walked along this morning was the route a fox had taken sometime earlier--his footprints were there in the snow, sometimes walking, sometimes bounding. Maybe he walked that route earlier in the morning, maybe last night. The tracks were pretty fresh.

It felt like I was walking with him. I practically was--if you take a longer view of time, I was, in fact. What's a matter of hours if we're talking centuries? We were walking side by side.

Sometimes other tracks were there--squirrels crossing the path, a cat, an opossum. Lots of mice running across a snowy log. Lots of birds under particular bushes. If you blur the times, we're all walking there together, but we're like ghosts. We pass through each other, and at any given instant, we're mainly invisible, only footprints showing.


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sartorias
Jan. 8th, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
I love that sense of companionship, if separated by time. I always indulge that to the max when visiting sites where admired people lived and worked.
asakiyume
Jan. 8th, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! I hadn't even thought of that possibility, but yes!

I think for me it helped to have that tangible, visible path to see. Maybe that's why it's harder for me to do it with people at famous sites, though sometimes--if you see a cup or something that they drank out of, yes. Something to latch onto to give a sense of their presence.

(I'm thinking of Kim in your Dobrenica books now!)
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frigg
Jan. 8th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
*nods* there is a sense of unity. I love coming across tracks on our walks. Saw some badger tracks in the mud the other day. :)
asakiyume
Jan. 9th, 2015 12:55 pm (UTC)
Badger tracks! How wonderful--like something out of a fantasy novel.
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queenoftheskies
Jan. 9th, 2015 12:39 am (UTC)
That is so awesome. I love animal footprints. I don't see them in the snow any more, but sometimes, I see footprints over the top of my car, LOL.
asakiyume
Jan. 9th, 2015 12:55 pm (UTC)
Hahaha--yes, the cats like the tops of cars, it seems.
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ericmarin
Jan. 9th, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
We all leave tracks together. :-)
asakiyume
Jan. 9th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Yes--we're all actually together ♥
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lizziebelle
Jan. 9th, 2015 03:04 am (UTC)
That's a lovely thought. I will be thinking it next time I see tracks in the snow. :)
asakiyume
Jan. 9th, 2015 01:07 pm (UTC)
Fresh snow this morning--a fresh chance!
inspirethoughts
Jan. 9th, 2015 03:17 am (UTC)
What a vivid description. Loved it. I loved wolves more though.
asakiyume
Jan. 9th, 2015 01:08 pm (UTC)
I would feel very brave and powerful to be walking in the company of wolves!
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sovay
Jan. 9th, 2015 07:08 am (UTC)
We pass through each other, and at any given instant, we're mainly invisible, only footprints showing.

Prrrrrrrt.
asakiyume
Jan. 9th, 2015 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'll go out again this morning and see who I'm walking with, and through--there's fresh snow for footprints.
heliopausa
Jan. 9th, 2015 08:28 am (UTC)
:) I liked this!
asakiyume
Jan. 9th, 2015 01:22 pm (UTC)
*glad*
xjenavivex
Jan. 9th, 2015 01:50 pm (UTC)
What a busy path in a manner of thinking.
asakiyume
Jan. 9th, 2015 02:15 pm (UTC)
The footprints are very noisy! Lots of scurrying, chirping, fluttering, scampering, loping... all the --ing.
oiktirmos
Jan. 10th, 2015 12:11 am (UTC)
You sound like a poetic Doctor Who.
Perhaps you are the next Doctor?
asakiyume
Jan. 10th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
What huge responsibility--but this reminds me: I have just finished a book I think you'd love. It's Tinkers by Paul Harding.

(I also know I owe you an email. I haven't forgotten....)

mnfaure
Jan. 11th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
My ghostly companions and I...
What's a matter of hours if we're talking centuries? We were walking side by side.

I love this; the emphatic statement is perfect, because it is so.

asakiyume
Jan. 11th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
Re: My ghostly companions and I...
♥ ♥ ♥
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