Winter Wood

 

I spent a large portion of my time this week either on the phone with UPS or worrying about the parcel which they lost. Earlier this winter I constructed the Mace of Molag Bal for the web video series Arcade Arms, I shipped it out on Jan 7th for them to do the final filming in Hollywood. It was supposed to take three days to get there, It still hasn’t arrived. After days on the phone I found some helpful people in the UPS bureaucracy who found the parcel for me and managed to get it flying to its destination. It’s not there yet, but it should be by the beginning of next week. I actually slept last night.

This morning I went to the woods. It was a still morning, and the low sun cast long shadows through the trees.

 

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Tiny animal prints made paths across the trail.

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The cedar fence post was silver from the sun and cold, the grain of the wood etched by weather.

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I found an old iron pail, rusted to almost nothing, filled with a squirrel’s winter hoard of spruce cones.

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The sun found a hole in the canopy and lit a gnarled spruce trunk.

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Branches tangled across the path. I ducked under them, weaving deeper into the trees and let my worries fall away for this brief spell.

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Jake Powning

Jake is a professional swordsmith, artist, and writer who explores the strange place where traditional culture and the land meet.

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