WEST FORK KICKAPOO – Jane shares her poem ‘In Between’ with the Independent-Scout’s readers.
Halloween decorations and New Year’s Eve party horns,
apple pie and pecan pie,
grass and snow,
shoes and boots.
cotton and flannel sheets,
soft and hard butter,
free hair and hats,
the car starting and the battery dying.
windshield wipers and ice scrapers,
long skirts and long johns,
forty degrees and below zero,
hiking and snowshoeing.
shedding dogs and thick fur,
short hair and long hair,
light jackets and parkas,
salads and soups.
light and dark,
one blanket and four,
bikes and cross country skis,
regular tires and snow tires.
smooth cuticles and cracked cuticles,
viewing a movie and binge-watching,
apple cider and eggnog,
naked trees and hoarfrost.
normal weight and hibernation weight,
long-sleeved shirts and fleece pullovers,
fields of corn and fields of stubble,
empty silos and full ones.
combines and snowplows,
dogs wanting to go out and dogs not getting off the couch,
mice outside and mice inside,
leaving in the dark and coming home in the dark.
cold tea and hot chocolate,
bare necks and scarves,
patio furniture and empty porches,
blooming flowers and indoor succulents.
trick-or-treating and Christmas caroling,
cooking and baking,
fresh fruit and frozen fruit,
showers and long baths.
s’mores and marshmallows for cocoa,
outside projects and indoor projects,
picking up dog poop and kicking frozen dog poop,
not seeing inside the woods and seeing through the woods.
clear roads and black ice,
traction and sliding,
no lamps and heat lamps,
pumpkin spice and peppermint.
deer dashing about and dogs puking up deer guts,
long days and short days,
crossword puzzles and thousand-piece jigsaw puzzles,
messy closets and organized closets.
pumpkins and Christmas tree lights,
water bowls and heated bowls,
wrist warmers and wool mittens,
only bills and bills with catalogs and cards.
no heat and woodstoves,
warm feet and cold feet,
gardening gloves and leather Kinkos
rubber work boots and Sorrels.
saving and giving,
rakes and snow shovels,
vodka tonics and Tom and Jerrys,
windows open and windows closed.
mosquitoes and Asian beetles,
garter snakes and more inland eagles,
raking leaves and shoveling snow,
Indian corn and snowmen.
The in-between season,
more resting, reading,