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The Smoking Lake!

A Poem by:

Patricia Fritsche

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Clouds half-turned-in,

a sun's breadbasket warmth arises,

to sleep of grey in morning eyes

as lake seems unshockingly quiet.


Mouths of trembling hunger

leave bubble scraps, we're here, maybe not.

And the smoking lake perspires, and

rises gently at still yawning, crisp morn.


As the fishies on their biorhythm clock, somehow,

stomach howling for more,

dance with the ripples,

this limbo tease of sensuous bait.


As we gather-in, like sardines in a

patched-up, cheerless rowboat,

worms itching to get out, and about,

making its statement known

on the premise of the day.


Breath with wintergreen twinge

warms eager hands, to get the show

on the road, somehow.


Past all the foggy stop signs

of lake's mysterious, playful scent,

we know better!


As cast-iron skillet tanned in lard,

awaits patiently

to render in its meal

this survival gymnastic of a sporting skill

is tapped into.



slumbering appetites as family applauds,

how the meal really got there

the gladness upon its arrival.


Upturned smiles of day's hide and seek catch

from smoking lake,

ingesting its aura

to eager mama's potbelly stove.


This stroll of its experience

from pinecones exhaling

on distant shore,

a constant changing

this silent, giant audience around me.


A daydream of its memory,

a marathon of the five senses

from without to the realm within,

a real part of me.


Patricia Fritsche
Copyright © 2000

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