Long Pond Lyric

My kayak paddle cuts a smooth surface. Blades of tall grass bend from a hillside, reach for the water below. A bull moose wades over pebbles; we watch a blue heron stalk through reeds.

dragonflies shimmer
in rays of an orange sun
painted turtle basks

I press on to deeper water. Grey stone bottom moves along beneath my craft. The wail of a loon slices heavy air as she calls to her mate. The tail of a trout protrudes from the beak of the father as he faces two bobbing brown offspring.

bronze swimmer
dives off a rock
yellow trunks

— March 30, 2008

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