A Special Place

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 20:00

Do you think of places, far from home…

Places you’ve been, with others, alone?

 

Relax, and let your memories flow,

You can find this place if you want to go;

 

By the river’s bend, where the big trout lie,

Forget cares and woes, become one with sky;

 

Skiing by moonlight through a snowy field,

A sparkling blanket of jewels revealed;

 

Warmed by the wood stove, crackling into the night;

Aurora paints sky, a montage of light;

 

On a tropical beach, ‘neath a waterfall,

Sanctuaries of the soul, you can hear them call;

 

In a sailboat plying Prince William Sound,

On Ruth Glacier, no one else around;

 

Jet skiing Resurrection Bay,

You can’t forget that special day;

 

Boarding the powder in Hatcher Pass,

Mushing the Iditarod, the pace is fast;

 

On the Kenai River, drifting for Kings,

Panning for gold, to see what fortune brings.

 

Eating berries on Lost Lake Trail,

Bounding downhill in Mt. Marathon shale;

 

And never-ending campfire stories,

Recounting past fame and future glories;

 

Simple times we remember the most,

Beach combing, berry picking, a weenie roast;

 

Playing with the dog, gazing at stars,

Haggling over dibs on candy bars;

 

Bicycling to our favorite spot,

Jumping in the lake when the weather’s hot;

 

Chena Hot Springs in early spring,

Is a place to make your spirit sing;

 

Byers Lake during a golden September,

Is a magical place you’ll always remember;

 

But the best place of all, is close to the heart,

Where love and joy and giving start.

 

Frank E. Baker is a freelance writer who lives in Eagle River.

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