Story Time Friday…Dances by the Lake

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Last weekend, I went around the county to a few different garage sales. This should translate to “Rob got A LOT of books and has even less space to store them all now” (see this post to understand the issue).

While I get ready for another weekend of sales (only a few listed for this weekend, sadly), I figured it’d be good to open up at least one of the new ones.

The following poem came to me while reading a poetry collection I grabbed at an estate sale over the weekend. It’s from two local(ish) poets, a husband and wife, and was even signed by the wife, Marjorie.

I’ve gotten a little ways into the book. Some of it’s ok, some of it better, but whether or not I was enjoying it, the simplistic style, narrative aspects, and closeness to nature reminded me of what I used to enjoy writing. So that’s what I did. I tried to focus on the small things and keep it simple.

I hope you enjoy this little scene that I often deal with when I’m down by the lake in my reading spot most summer evenings. And once I finish the poetry collection I started reading, I’ll report back here, as well.

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Lake Dance

 by Robert Zimmermann

The same bugs that bite
me as I sit by the water’s edge,
dance circles around and
with each other only inches
above the water’s surface.

It’s a beautiful sight,
despite the few dancing
around me.

A few of their number
are lost
to the feeding fish,
who look for an evening meal.

Yet, these bugs dance on
in ignorant bliss, until the
sun is no more, resting
below the horizon.

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How to Submit:

For those who wish to be part of Story Time Friday in the near future, you can send submissions to the email address that I formerly used for review requests (but don’t anymore since I’m retired . . . don’t try to be clever and slip one in 😛 ): Be sure to use the subject “Story Time Friday Submission” and send your piece as an attachment (.doc/.docx would be best). Any other questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through the blog’s contact form.

Hope to hear from some writers soon!

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