A Windless Afternoon on Chain Lake


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Nathan Susnik has been a pole vaulter, a Mississippi paddlewheel steamboat deckhand, and a molecular biology researcher. He is currently a medical writer living with his family near Hanover, Germany  [+]

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The birds sing
As I sit in stagnant heat
Hands on still oars,

And the lake mirrors the sky
So perfectly
That I stand up and dive down
Toward the heavens,

And among the clouds,
Before the water breaks my wings,
I understand their song.

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Keith Simmonds · ago
What a beautiful tableau depicting a nature scene !
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Tony Martello · ago
Nathan, I want to dive into a glassy lake with cloudy mirrored sky! Impactful poem. I love the connection to nature. When not fishing or boating and you have a sec, Check out my entry, "Maize of Color" in the short fiction category and vote for me in the America: color it in contest! Tony
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Mary Tabor · ago
Love the effect of the mirrored lake. Lovely.
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Rueck Ruecktenwald · ago
These beautiful words paint a great picture in my mind! Nice job!!
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Samir Ramos · ago
Good. Remembered an old poetry (1870 - by Alphonsus Guimaraes)
Please, translate from Portuguese...

Ismália

Alphonsus de Guimaraens


Quando Ismália enlouqueceu,
Pôs-se na torre a sonhar...
Viu uma lua no céu,
Viu outra lua no mar.

No sonho em que se perdeu,
Banhou-se toda em luar...
Queria subir ao céu,
Queria descer ao mar...

E, no desvario seu,
Na torre pôs-se a cantar...
Estava perto do céu,
Estava longe do mar...

E como um anjo pendeu
As asas para voar...
Queria a lua do céu,
Queria a lua do mar...

As asas que Deus lhe deu
Ruflaram de par em par...
Sua alma subiu ao céu,
Seu corpo desceu ao mar...

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Deborah Davitt · ago
Beautiful use of inversions!
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Laura Susnik · ago
Creates a perfect picture in my mind…

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