Editor’s note: My friend Karthik, an avid hiker and a dilettante poet, composed this beauty while on a trek in Kedarkantha just before the pandemic dropped on the world.

Karthik Kedarkantha with Dog

Another day, another beginning.
Rays of the sun reaching the camp
Giving the snow a delightful glow
After what seemed like an eternity.

Standing in a perfect spot,
I exclaimed, Ah, sunlight!
That’s when I noticed you,
Strolling towards me,

Maybe to Steal my little warmth.
*Held your head in my arms, *
Stroke you like how I would like.

That’s when our eyes met.
I felt Warmer like never before.

Little did you know,
You were my Spring in that cold winter day!