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The Lake

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:36:43

In the end I had to delete line 3 completely.  The title - a simple one. There's no need for readers to know which lake.

The Lake

The surface gently brushed  
the nap raised
a 1000  dots and dashes
never joined
never torn along the perforations
and communicating no message
we need to understand.
Now the yellow pedaloes
have returned to base
the shouts of children replaced 
by the clink of tent poles
and the sound of mallet on peg;
and in the hush, we hear
the cry of the waterfowl
and notice a quiet squadron of ducks
interrogating the weeds.

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