Thursday, April 27, 2023

Lake Views of Wildlife


Observations From a Lake Shore

Trumpeter swan

Storied beauty of the Arctic sky

Migrates on velvet wings 

To land on ice skittering like a drunken pigeon.

River otters porpoise-like 

In the water


Nimble swimmers

Drag their bellies in the snow

An embarrassment of tracks.

Moose cows high-step through 

The overflow to reach my willow pasture

And sleep in my yard 

Leaving nuggets for tips 

From their bonanza motherlode.

Magpies build nests above 

The dog lot 

Alder sticks cluttered in a spruce 

Close to the dog dish.

Our national symbol


Must spend the winter


Scrounging snowbanks

For salmon carcasses


an invasive species,

Hope for snow all winter.

Come spring 

they resent it like a house guest 

who stays too long.

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