Bards of the Lake

Poetry sharing among the Lake Cane community

Our February 2020 Winner: Laura Cole!

Lake Of The Cane

By Laura Cole

Foul monsters and zombies do lie down beneath
But give you no mind dear, ‘tis all but a tease
The depths, the abyss, what is down in the deep?
Do come now, step in now, we’ll put you at ease

So sheepish step I, to that watery bog
My breath is now fainting, my legs are like logs
Swam I to the take, the return to the dock
But shadow, I glimpsed it, my heart it did pause!

What horrors! My mind shrieked, so quickened my pace
How foolish, oh death! Why swim I in this lake?
Then suddenly, glory, stare I it, in the face!
Restore now my steps to the friendly estate

Return, yes, shall I, til the succeeding day,
To battle the monsters of Lake of the Cane

February 2020 Runner Up: Michael Zahn

Advice from a fellow swimmer

By Michael Zahn

As you crawl through fog, wind, waves and wakes,

on Cane or any other lakes,

don’t assume the boaters see you!

You might wear orange,

you might wear yella,

but you are still invisible, fella!

The boaters don’t mean to clip your ass,

but you are slow and they are fast.

So please show caution, give right of way

and live to stroke another day.

February 2020 Honorable Mention: Pete Gold

For the Love of Swimming

By Pete Gold

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
I Love Swimming
I Suck at Poetry

February 2020 Poetry Submissions

Underwater Hockey (Haiku)

Feb 20, 2020

By Danielle Zepess

Try it, you’ll like it

I can’t hold my breath that long

A minor detail

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Tasty Morsel

Feb 20, 2020

By Danielle Zepess

I lurk

I rise

I lunge

I feast

savoring this tasty treat

It starts

It cries

It flails

It groans

as my teeth crunch up its bones

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Advice from a fellow swimmer

Feb 19, 2020

By Michael Zahn

As you crawl through fog, wind, waves and wakes,

on Cane or any other lakes,

don’t assume the boaters see you!

You might wear orange,

you might wear yella,

but you are still invisible, fella!

The boaters don’t mean to clip your ass,

but you are slow and they are fast.

So please show caution, give right of way

and live to stroke another day.

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Unashamed

Feb 19, 2020

By Michael Zahn

Too fat to be a swimmer?
Stupid, foolish prattle!
Look at the bodies of the folks
who swim the English Channel

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What about alligators?

Feb 19, 2020

By Michael Zahn

The lake’s an invitation —
take it if you dare!
Afraid today? No will to stay?
Tomorrow she’ll still be there.

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Lovers’ Quarrel

Feb 19, 2020

By Michael Zahn

The water never lies to me,
it slaps and pushes back.
I have to say its honesty
is an aphrodisiac

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Candy Cane

Feb 19, 2020

By Michael Zahn

This little lake can take me
where no one else can go.
I kick and stroke and breathe and hope
and set my world aglow!

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We meet again

Feb 19, 2020

By Michael Zahn

I want the lake to like me,
to share in my delight
to splash me back and tickle me
as we again unite

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For the Love of Swimming

Feb 19, 2020

By Pete Gold

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
I Love Swimming
I Suck at Poetry

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Go Gentle Into That Lake Cane

Feb 19, 2020

By Dr. Steven Newton

Though my friends say it’s insane
I am thankful for Lake Cane
I slip into the Dark Water
I rise with the Sun
Alone with my thoughts
Quietly aware of my fellow swimmers
I have braved the Alligator
I have faced the Brain-Eating Amoeba
My back bears the scars of the Shepherd Duck
The Fearful cannot catch their Breath
The Faithful Breath Slow and Easy
There is no stopping in Lake Cane to Rest
Lucky’s Lake makes Me My Best
I’m not looking for Immortal Fame
I’m just here for the License Plate Frame

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Lake Of The Cane

Feb 18, 2020

By Laura Cole

Foul monsters and zombies do lie down beneath
But give you no mind dear, ‘tis all but a tease
The depths, the abyss, what is down in the deep?
Do come now, step in now, we’ll put you at ease

So sheepish step I, to that watery bog
My breath is now fainting, my legs are like logs
Swam I to the take, the return to the dock
But shadow, I glimpsed it, my heart it did pause!

What horrors! My mind shrieked, so quickened my pace
How foolish, oh death! Why swim I in this lake?
Then suddenly, glory, stare I it, in the face!
Restore now my steps to the friendly estate

Return, yes, shall I, til the succeeding day,
To battle the monsters of Lake of the Cane

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My Life

Feb 18, 2020

By Michael Zahn

Smoothly, stroke by stroke in the dark,
swimming naked under the stars
the length of the lake

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Water falls

Feb 18, 2020

By Po Nortcliff

Winters days are far away, and far away let them stay.
After spring does summer come, glaring heat and heavy sun.
Strong desire for rainfall, aquatic calls and water falls.
Wet our needs and those sewn seeds.
After rain, glaring sun, the chirp of birds, and rainbows come.
Glad we are and fresh again. More rain may come but who knows when.
Dry season soon and we shall learn. We need more water, less sunburn.

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Lake Cane

Feb 18, 2020

By Liz Dillmann

Come one, come all
To the Lake as it calls
And swim with the rise of the sun

Swim fast, swim slow,
Just smile as you go
And bring your friends back for the fun.

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Swimming is Golden

Feb 17, 2020

By Melissa Mishoe

I joined the Y in year thousand three with swim classmates more than three decades older than me.

A lifelong swimmer I have been in many a lake, river, or pool. Being in water, to me, is always cool.

Diagnosed with RA I sought out aquatics classes at the Y to improve my flexibility and to make me more spry.

Participation in deep and shallow water classes is certain to make me smile.
I am looking forward to swimming this year on Lake Cane my second “Golden Mile”.

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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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