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On the Lake

May 15, 2018

Our best times were on the lake

in a leaky rental rowboat,
oars slicing through the peaceful blue-green water
smoothly gliding across the glassy surface

Our best times were on the lake
with our borrowed bamboo poles
worms wiggling in a Maxwell House coffee can
bluegills, crappies skewered on the metal stringer
 

Our best times were on the lake
slamming back a couple six-packs
smoking unfiltered Lucky Strike cigarettes
scheming, dreaming—making plans Uncle Sam would change
 

Our best times were on the lake
sun trading places with the moon,
oar tips dripping with the last of the daylight,
rowboat bumping across color-shifting water
 

Our best times were on the lake
even in that final season
saying our silent goodbyes to what used to be
traveling together toward uncharted waters

 

Our best times were on the lake


 

 

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