Bards of the Lake

September's Winner: Tarzana Joe!

I Can't Swim

By Tarzana Joe

We begin in water
And our legacy’s aquatic
The first swim that we ever make
Is in liquid, amniotic

From the dismal dawn
On our journey to oblivion
We are love and light
But initially, amphibian

 

 

Then the moment comes
And it’s on dry land we’re landing
But it don’t seem right
For we’re really not upstanding

So, we find a place
And we’re joined by manly men
To return to grace
Where we swim and swim again

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Use the form below to submit your poem by our November 8th board meeting. You'll be entered to win a $50 prize!

Tom's Poetry Contest Rules

1. Keep your toe in the water (Try to make a connection with something aquatic)

2. Keep it on a calendar page (Shoot for something between a Haiku and a Sonnet)

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September 2018 Poetry Submissions

I Can’t Swim

Sep 13, 2018

By Tarzana Joe

We begin in water
And our legacy’s aquatic
The first swim that we ever make
Is in liquid, amniotic

From the dismal dawn
On our journey to oblivion
We are love and light
But initially, amphibian

Then the moment comes
And it’s on dry land we’re landing
But it don’t seem right
For we’re really not upstanding

So, we find a place
And we’re joined by manly men
To return to grace
Where we swim and swim again

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Lucky’s Lake Monster Mash

Sep 12, 2018

By Candee Crowe

Monster: I was swimming in the lake late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For a zombie from his slab did rise
And suddenly to my surprise

Chorus: He did the swim
Monster: He did the food chain swim
Chorus: The Lucky swim
Monster: It was a hundred K smash
Chorus: He did the swim
Monster: It caught on in a flash
Chorus: He did the swim
Monster: He did the hundredth lap

Monster: From the sandy beach in the Mesenheimer’s yard
To the fish filled waters where the alligators feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a halo on the Wall of Fame

Chorus: He did the swim
Monster: He did the food chain swim
Chorus: The Lucky swim
Monster: It was a hundred K smash
Chorus: He did the swim
Monster: It caught on in a flash
Chorus: He did the swim
Monster: Do you have what it takes?

Monster: Some ask why? You’re a crazy fool!
Underwater is where you scream
The guests included Digger and the duck
Doc Lucky and his sons

Monster: The scene was rockin’, all were digging the sounds
Splash bark quack, we’re about to get down!
The crazy fools were about to arrive
With their vocal group, “The Holy Carp!”

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The Fog

Sep 10, 2018

By Audrey Carter

When you’re doing the Lucky Lake Swim

And the fog has your vision made dim

Ignore “Audrey’s Rule”

And you’ll be a fool

For in circles you’ll probably swim

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Pull, Push, Recover

Sep 10, 2018

By Brian Parramore

Hand sinks in gloom.
Silver bubbles rise.
Pull, push, recover.
Tree line silhouette
Pick up Lollipop
Pull, push recover
buoy four falls behind
Pick up square tree
Pull, push, recover
buoy three passes abeam
square tree stands tall
Pull, push, recover
Pick up double tree
buoy two ahead
Pull, push, recover

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Sep 10, 2018

By Tom Welch

They come, green capped and buoyed with giddy anticipation.
Receptive waters, welcoming all.
The plunge is made, stroked and stoked, “Ring that bell!”
Swag snagged, high fived, “eternal glory!”
Anonymity is lost on The Wall, names and dates secured in sharpie.
But who will remember, who will remain?
Some will stay, some will go, some will ebb and flow like a tide.
Friendships forged, fond reminiscence, “Whatever happened to…?”
Yet, like leaves on a river, the names move on
And the lake welcomes all.

 

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Yo Yo Rappin on Cane

Sep 10, 2018

By Bob Shuler

 

Cane… lake
Yo, ain’t no fake
Swim if u will
Or watch.. it’s chill
This dog says “ruff”
No reason to be tough
Like big Joe, chasin the thin
Swims last and manages a grin
And Raj, with one complete limb
Who can still beat most in the swim
All because of Lucky, our host
Selfless benefactor for which we raise this toast.

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