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Musings on Fourth Lake.

In the gray dawn, ghostlike, A mist rises over the lake Like a floating whisper. My shorts and tee shirt Are damp and clammy From hanging on the bedpost Near the open window. The dock is slippery, and The yellow kayak slips Soundlessly into the water. The paddle barely ripples The breathless surface. I am adrift in my imagination. I am a loon, skimming The water with its haunting cry. I am the Indian Hiawatha In his birchbark canoe. I am Jacques Marquette, Exploring the Mississippi River, Watching for Indians. I am a lone leaf, drifting. I am the wind and the air And the thick gray fog. I am the water itself, Calm on the surface but Teeming with life, as it Wends its way to the sea. I am the wind and the rain, The sun and the clouds. I am all things in this Haunting, misty world. As the fog slowly lifts, Lightens, and turns golden, I slip back into myself and Paddle toward the shore.

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Date: 7/18/2021 3:47:00 PM
Such lovely imagery as you forget yourself and just become! God bless!
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Barbara Peckham
Date: 7/18/2021 5:07:00 PM
Thank you very much for your lovely comment. I really appreciate your reading my work.
Date: 7/17/2021 6:28:00 PM
Marvelous writing. I loved the allusions to the words of Longfellow and the historical Marquette. The poem flows nicely, just like the river. Comes the time when I must "paddle toward the shore," too.
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Barbara Peckham
Date: 7/17/2021 10:49:00 PM
A bit of whimsey or philosophy or just my meandering mind!