This morning, a ski was just what I needed
To Lower Riverlot, my SUV proceeded.
I strapped on my skis, ready to sweat
My troubles and concerns, I was set to forget.
Then what did I see, as I headed on my way?
A pair of footprints, full on display.
Not on the packed trail adjacent the tracks
But obliterating each strip, forming new cracks.
I couldn’t believe it! They walked the whole way
Never leaving the tracks – clearly a message to say:
“Thank you for providing a trail we can spoil”
My temper was up, my blood it did boil!
The longer I skied though, the more endorphins did flow
I started to wonder, really wanted to know
What causes such disregard, this casual vandalism
An immoral streak, an ethical schism?
Did a skier steal lunch money back in the day?
Or did the person not realize there’s no snow in May?
That our season is short, we have so little time
To ski on these trails before they are grime.
Too much to ask to have eighteen small inches?
Unsullied by bootprints, creating deep ridges?
Was it malicious do you think or just bad manners?
Entitlement, blindness or some other matters?
I finish my ski unable to say
Just grateful for blue sky and this wonderful day
A big thank you to STANKSI for all that you do
Your efforts are epic, new tracks right on cue.
Jackie McDonald, St. Albert