Memories on the Downslope
Somewhere in Pennsylvania.
A grandparents’ farm, family friends.
We camped there several times,
but for that visit we stayed in the farmhouse.
All for a fun day of sledding for the kids.
Why shouldn’t a dad join in?
Diving onto that wood and metal glider
you raced down the hill, unstoppable.
Until you found the one bare spot
on that long slope of a farm field.
The sled came to a dead halt,
but you rocketed forward.
We found your metal frame glasses coated
with blood from the gash in your brow.
Just like that, the cold seeped into all of us,
so we went inside while you were taped up.
But the day was early, so once our bones
were warmed by hot chocolate
we loaded up the grandparents’ van,
ten of us packed into a ’64 Econoline.
We headed for an old logging road,
snow covered and perfect for sledding.
Of course, you were more than content
to let the kids have all the fun.
This is my response to Twiglet #298 – a bare hill.
Shared with OpenLinkNight #324 at dVerse ~ Poets Pub.
Image – Lightning Guider sled