We should avoid

We should avoid that
slipperiness of tracks
by taking up ways on
each side – compacts
laid by other walkers –
a shinny up – balance
so critical – Above all
boot-churned routes
we will climb higher –
[my shoes aren’t suit-
ed for this stuff] – We
pass a man walking a
black dog [you exude
rude disdain] – I look
down from that path
& see more auld ties
I must loosen [Listen
no bird calls – muted]
I shall continue alone
on my diverted route