Ruler of the North, you’re out in force today

Snow blows around me as I make my wayWinterPath

Through the town and down the by the river

Eighteen pounds of clothes, I do not shiver

The balalaika I bought over twenty years ago

Ices up as I walk through the blowing snow

Lots of birds I see moving out there

Confident, they are under Odin’s care

It’s wonderful to go roaming far and wide

Better out in the cold than all day inside

Thank you for your scene displayed

A chance to be out here with you today

 

Author: Walter Birdwell

Born in Missouri in 1942, Walter Birdwell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1964 with a BA in creative writing. Immediately enlisted in the US army to avoid the draft and was in the US army from 1964 to 1967. Married Yolanda Garza a month after discharge from the Army and have been married forty-five years. Walter is a progressive political activist and has been for about fifty years and a follower of Pagan religious tradition for about twenty years. Have previously published newspaper articles in The Southern Patriot and the New York City Guardian newspapers (both defunct progressive newspapers) in the 1970s and have recently published articles in The Missouri Chigger, an Ozark area magazine, and the Brownsville Herald. Enjoys writing, sculpture, hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, reading, traveling, and all outdoor activities.

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