General Poetry posted December 17, 2017

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Zone In

by Sis Cat

Instead of zoning out,
I zone in—
into myself,
into my surroundings
as I ascend
this mountain trail.

I resist the temptation
to listen to headphones.  

I listen to
the music of my feet
crunching this path,
the harmony of wind
blowing through leaves,
and the melody of the collar
tinkling around my dog.

I want to yank headphones
from the ears of passing joggers
and scream, “Listen—
listen to your surroundings!”

I zone in
on the patch of blue
up ahead
at the crest
of this mountain
as I merge
into the sky.

Free Verse Poetry Contest contest entry


Google image of the Montclair Railroad Trail in the hills above Oakland which inspired the opening lines of this poem by the time my dog and I returned downhill.

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