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Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 10:33 pm

lakepoem #17

lakepoem #17

as a kid I spied this sight several times in
shallow reedy water of a small wisconsin
lake a seething black platter made up of
wriggling tiny bodies each smaller than
a finger joint each a perfect replica of the
two huge sleek whiskered bullheads father
and mother slowly circling the periphery
protecting their young I’ve never seen this
in our small vermont lake but yesterday
ashley and andrew raced to tell everyone
come quick come quick but by the time
I arrived the school of babes had moved on
perhaps we’ll spot them again even if not
I know these kids will treasure seeing the
bullhead babies all their lives, as have I

2011 Jacqueline Jackson
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