Stretched across the ravine,
the walking bridge
is covered with snow.
Steam lifts from the narrow river bed below.
The hand guided ropes
are glazed over with ice.
Raccoon tracks are pepper sprinkled
in front of me like virgin markers
leaving a fresh, first trail.
Once across, and safe,
I toss yellow bread crumbs across white snow for starving birds.
Michael Lee Johnson is a poet from Itasca, Illinois.Â Heâ€™s also a freelance writer and small business own of custom imprinted promotional products and apparel:Â www.promoman.us. Â He lived in Canada for 10 years during the Vietnam era.Â His writing has been published in 23 countries.Â Michael is also the editor/publisher of five poetry sites that can be accessed through his Web site: http://poetryman.mysite.com. All five sites are open to submissions.Â His published works are available through his Web site above and through Amazon.com, Borders Books, iUniverse and Lulu.com.