Bards of the Lake

Poetry sharing among the Lake Cane community

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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May 2021 Poetry Submissions

Dave’s Avocation Application

May 11, 2021

By Jay Madigan A measly $3,000 a year at most, Yet, a Mayors employee to boast. Still a hard pill to swallow, Must a Poet’s life just wallow? In the City Beautiful, my host.

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Drink in the Waters

May 11, 2021

By Suzanne S. Austin-Hill

Drink in the Waters

Ubiquitous

bountiful bays
luminous lakes
nourishing narrows

clear, cool creeks
swift, shallow streams

Rushing rivers
carve colorful canyons from
roily rock

Rough rapids
refresh and renew;
foaming falls’
resolution
serene seas

Best medicines

© May 2019 Suzanne S. Austin-Hill

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Our April 2021 Poetry Winner

First Lake Crossing

By Barbara Giles

Splashing bodies glide into the deep.
Face beneath the water. Pulse takes a leap.
Breathe stroke stroke breathe.

Fingers graze an object! Swelling sense of dread.
Monsters under water? Or only in my head.
Breathe stroke stroke breathe.

Red orb floating. I can make it there.
Reach the halfway point. Now I can take some air.
Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

Back under the water. Mind under control.
Back under the water before the day takes its toll.
Breathe stroke stroke breathe.

Middle of the lake. All alone out here.
Glancing to the distant shore. All I feel is fear.
Breathe stroke stroke breathe.

Reaching finish dock. Kick the fears away.
Face towards the rising sun. Time to face the day.
Breathe.

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