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Summer’s life (a poem)

posted Mar 5, 2019, 4:45 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted March 5th, 2019


Summer’s life


Willow trees grew up around the pond

their draping branches arced over the water

bent

weighed down by nothing

save themselves and gravity

their arms reaching for the land below

rather than the sky

Shading out the desperate plants

Starved of sunshine

With too much water

Growing long and scraggly in the darkness

Though some adapt

never needing the burning light


A cloud of insects swarm

Around the water

Festering

Algae covers the surface

Like paint on a child's canvas

Coated and careless

The water dark

A sickly green

To spite what could have been

A beautiful scene

Corrupting the tranquil waters

To smooth and still to stop it

Slowly growing over the space

Where lily pads used to rest


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