Bards of the Lake

Poetry sharing among the Lake Cane community

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Win $50 and a spot in our yearly calendar if you're selected as the winner

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 2022 Poetry Submissions

Volunteer Swim coach: A Tribute

By Michael O. Zahn

He walks with two canes,
he’s fragile and fat,
the kids on the team
lug his extra-wide chair,
gently help him sit back.

But his voice still has sinew,
he bellows tough drills.
With sandpaper words
he strives to propel
even the slackers,
to make all excel.

Once, long ago,
he was slim and swam swift.
An Adonis in butterfly,
flaunting gods’ gift!
The water was whipped
by his lunges and plunges!
Sprays of ribbons
were showered by judges.

Ribbons fray.
Butterflies die.
Bodies betray.
The gods can deny.

What’s left of Adonis
you’ll find at the pool
in his extra-wide chair,
a pain-drenched old grandpa
who’s fighting despair
by bequeathing his dreams
to the ripening teens
on the high-school swim team.

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The Lake Cane Restoration Society

By Suzanne S. Austin-Hill
Form: Acrostic

“Lucky” Meisenheimer’s

Aquatic oasis is

Kept swimmable, fishable, drinkable, and loveable1 through

Efforts proactively protecting this unique spring-fed water resource in central Florida.1

Complaints, anger, disgust from residents and visitors

Alike were volunteer swimmer-scientists’ call to action.

National media joined their curative response to the

Explosion of algae. They prevented green slime from claiming our favorite swimming-hole.

1Promoting best practices in restoring Lake Cane

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May 2022 Poetry Winner

The Lake

By Seth Wycha (age 7)

On the weekends when I wake,
I like to see our local lake
with my mommy and my bike,
my little brother on his trike.
If I’m lucky, in the water
I might see a baby otter
or some birds in the trees
while I feel the gentle breeze.
There’s nothing like the water’s shine.
The lake – where lovely creatures live and dine.


The destination of winners

  • See who made it into this year's calendar...

Every year we release an exclusive Lake Cane Restoration Society calendar featuring photography and poetry from our contests.