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The Pasture Pond [Repost from #1]

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Sunshine
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The Pasture Pond

There is the 160, and to the
northwest corner in a sheltered area
lies a small
pond, primarily north and southern laid,
curving,
a drainage area succumbing at
the northern end from too much rain,
the furthermost corner of the
dammed area eroding away.

To reach the pond you must go over two
swells of elevated native country,
not hills, just swells,
enough to lift you high at the top to see
360 degrees,
and view the Smoky Hills.
Indian country.  Virgin land.  
Just you and me.
Once at the pond, we can slide rocks over the
frozen waters, and test the ice with our boots,
give it more weight,
hear a cracking and step back.
Not cold enough to slide across
fear holds us back, we've
never known how really deep the pond
and don't want to find out now.

Wait a moment.

Spring's rains dissolve the iciness of winter
and warmer weather starts the pond to
brewing scum
green, bubbling, warm sun growing
algae, with bobbing eyes of half-morphed
tadpoles blinking, sinking, popping up over
there,
see?  Step into the worn ruts
left from last summer's cow's tracings
to the edge of the pond,
kick the sand a
bit with your booted toe, and watch the
red ants swarm.  Cattails are beginning,
reeds only.

Wait a moment.

Summer erupts the pond into cattails brown tops
and frogs
and squirrels chittering along the bank,
and turtles
and bugs, water bugs dancing,
skimming the pond's surface
and down the frog's throat.
Now skim small rocks, flat rocks,
make them dance
and plop.      Plop.      Plop.
A bit of moss clings to the edge of the water
and you walk softly there, to not scare
....croack.... splash, splish, frogs
hear you anyway, and dive, dive safely.

The weeping willow lends a long trunk outward
over the pond, enough to sit on and gaze out
on the shimmering pond's
surface, discerning
eyes of toads, frogs and perhaps a turtle
floating in the middle.  
Wishing for a small boat.
Just for the heck of it.  Heads disappear.  Pop
back up.      Croaking.  
Chirping.     Buzzing.
Look toward the pond's south end,
a blue heron standing.
Still.  Silent.  Solitary.
Ducks overhead, waiting for us to
leave.

Wait a moment.

Rest begins.  Water lower, scum gone,
cooler mornings, lazy afternoons of fall
begun.
Cattails effervesced into
fuzzy white puffs of seed
waiting for scattering winds.  
Shining gold/yellow/red/orange
reflections on blue water
from the cottonwoods, elms,
birch, and hedgetrees.  Quiet.  A frog, huge now,
croaking deeper, lonely, only the one?  No answer.
Splush.
Cows on the rise,
watching you, waiting for you to leave.

Come with me.  You've seen the seasons of the pond.


KRJ - Summer 1999

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow





[This message has been edited by Sunshine (edited 05-26-2000).]
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Nan
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I love the ocean... but one thing ponds have a better view of is the seasons... I like this one, Sunshine - It's still #1...
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2 posted 05-26-2000 07:35 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I grew up by the ocean...loved it...love this, too!  Thanks, Nan

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Kit McCallum
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I've waded and splashed in many a pond as you've so vividly described Sunshine ... I much enjoyed this journey back ... thanks!

Best wishes,
/Kit
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Can't you just hear those tree frogs, Kit?  Thanks!
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Excellent imagery, Sun ... I'm there .....
Wonderful .......
doreen peri
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6 posted 05-26-2000 10:54 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

" we've never known how really deep the pond
and don't want to find out now."

sunshine... this is ART... wonderfully vivid, succinct, imaginative, creative, metaphorical, and distinctly YOU

i think i remember this from when the forums first opened... i think this was the one that caught my eye and let me know there was Sunshine out there...

god, this is good!! thank you for reposting it!
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7 posted 05-26-2000 11:27 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Pepper, I'm so glad you enjoyed...

Doreen - thank you SO much for the display of passion over this piece...it was written to a challenge that [guess who -]PdV gave me when I was about a month old here...thought I would repost it for the newer members...but really tickled that the "older folk" remember it fondly...thanks!

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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