Lake (another cascade poem)

a sheen was across the lake
dragonflies and insects
flitted about in the light
pale green filtering down to earth
we were happy once

the raft was made of semi-rotten
logs and tied with stolen rope
(from your dad’s garage)
we lay on it and stared over the water
a sheen was across the lake

some might describe it as quiet
but the trees spoke to us in whispers of wind
I was deafened by cicadas and
around our heads flew the
dragonflies and insects –

we felt far from alone.
swimming lazily to the muddy edge
where you’d left sandwiches
found ourselves humming the same tune and danced
flitting about in the light

then lying on our backs
eating dry bread and peanut butter
trying not to remember that
I wouldn’t feel another summer of
pale green filtering down to earth

after the city took me away
we used to talk on the phone
but it wasn’t the same
the lake was lonely, you said, don’t you know
we were happy once?

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