By PAUL HERTELENDY
East Coast Scene
Upon a broad branch of the bay,
With cracked and weathered pineboard docks
That lean and sag
From winter's long-forgotten ice and tides,
Above a shimm'ring surface
That's massaged by gentle zephyrs,
Stirring lanky herons from their perch
To flap slow-motion over waters
Looking for a quiet shore to fish.
A sailboat glides past searching for more wind,
While lazy geese not keen on flying
Feed and paddle near the beach,
Debating if migration to the frigid lakes of Canada
Is mandate, or mere option.
The world's at peace except for dogs and children
Who cavort across the grass in games
And demonstrate they understand true joy the best of all,
Convincing prudent geese to swim a few more feet
To deep-draft safety,
Where I think they'll gladly spend their sleepy summer.
---Chesapeake Bay (Easton, Md.)
©2009 by Paul Hertelendy.
The illustrations are a staff artist's rendering of stock photos. This column
first posted May 18, 2009.
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