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Return To Slippery Lake Bridge

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Return To Slippery Lake Bridge

I took my son fishing
down on Slippery Lake Bridge.
It's a wooden bridge with rough-cut timbers,
smoothed on the edges by all the behinds that have sat
and all the legs that have dangled.
I remember being there as a child.
I remember my uncle taking my arms
and swinging me out over the edge.
He was the kind of uncle that you were never quite sure
whether he would let go or not.
I remember a lesson I learned there as a boy.
So when my son asked me,
"Dad, why do they call it Slippery Lake Bridge? ...
I thought you said this was Old River."
A grin worked its way to my mouth,
"I did. And it is. But I'll tell you about that later...
for now, grab that bucket and go fetch us some water."
I pointed, and like a good son,
he went for a bucket of water.
I could tell he was confused about me withholding information,
and I fought the smile that wanted to surface.
It wouldn't do to go and give the lesson away
before it was learned.

I watched him tip-toe his way down the bank.
I watched him scoop up half a bucket of water.
I watched him turn and take two steps back up
before he slipped and fell in the mud.
He came back to me with more water on himself than in the bucket,
trying to wipe the mud from his clothes
but succeeding only in smearing it more.
He looked at me with a mixture of hurt and amusement,
"Dad, I think I know why they call it the Slippery Lake Bridge."
I laughed heartily as I clapped him on the back,
"It's a mighty slippery lake ... ain't it, son?"

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  1. Date: 12/3/2013 7:08:00 PM
    Okies this is perfect for a haibun, just write the story laid out in prose and put in 1 or 2 haiku [a good place for a haiku would be after where he tells you to get a bucket!] then the end. I can help you if you'd like? Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 8:16:00 PM
    Oh Caleb ...what a memorable moment...for you both...and that rattler was it? Did you go on one of those hunts or find it in the road? You are so awesome a dad..have you taken him snipe hunting yet? What a writer and story teller you are..

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 10:04:00 AM
    Very endearing and nostalgic. The vivid imagery painting the scene I very much enjoyed being taken there with you as much as you enjoyed telling it :)

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 2:34:00 PM
    This is very cute, Caleb. I think you should write a book about all your many interesting experiences in your lifetime,which really isn't such a long life yet. Imagine what you will have accumlated before age 60! This was one I had not seen yet and now I think I am caught up.

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 11:44:00 AM
    I guess the message in this poem goes for everyone.Somdtimes we need to learn from our own experiences.Security is a nice stepping stone for kids but at tomes We have to let go a letting them slip and fall in mud to watch them stsnd.Swesome writer

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 6:42:00 AM
    This is awesome :) beautiful indeed.

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 6:04:00 AM
    great pacing of plot with imaginative language, mood and setting... your narration about father-son relationship speaks in charming ways .. grreat work!..:)

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 10:22:00 PM
    You haven't posted anything new in a while, and here you are posting 5 new ones... awesome! You are such an amazing story-teller Caleb. And whether or not this was real or made up it felt totally genuine to me. You wrote it in such a way that was endearing but not cheesy... not a word wasted! Glad to see you back :)

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    Date: 6/5/2013 10:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Faving this one!
  1. Date: 6/5/2013 7:56:00 PM
    This is very well written, informative without appearing moralistic, easy on the heart but totally memorable, blessings from my home to yours Caleb, you father him well, xxx

  1. Date: 6/4/2013 12:38:00 PM
    That is such a brilliant and sweet connection between a father and son. Lessons to be passed down and learned in life :)

  1. Date: 6/4/2013 6:59:00 AM
    - Lessons to learn ... He got answers to his questions. - One nice father and son poem, Caleb. - Were the fish on the hook? - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 5:48:00 PM
    Too cute! And I'm sure he will teach his future son the same lesson! That is, unless Grandpa Caleb decides to teach it first haha.