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Lake Oneonta
Doris Bezio

Oneonta: Place of Peace
The morning images
of trees and sky
are mirrored in the placid lake
as the haunting cry of the Loon
echoes out over the water.
An otter swims deep,
a dark, swift shadow,
scattering schools of minnows
that dart over water-worn
rocks and stones.
A red-tailed hawk
circles the sky.
Dragonflies hover,
then, like a flash, are gone.
Day moves on
in sunlight and shadow,
as clouds float idly by,
and the pine, poplar, cedar, oak
sing their ancient songs.
The purity of life’s mysteries
slip into the soul,
a primal pull
back to the beginning
as our spirit remembers
a time when we embraced the earth,
went floating on the waves,
and understood
the language of trees.
© by Doris Bezio.
Used with the author’s permission.



Doris Bezio is a poet and abstract artist. She believes that the same love of color, light and images are reflected in both of these creative expressions. A resident of De Pere, Wisconsin, Doris has been published in Verse & Visions, The Wisconsin Poets’ Calendars, Fox Cry, Rag Mag, and Inspired Times, among others, and is compiling her poetry into a book to include her paintings.


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You bring us there with lyrical, visual beauty. The ancient and present merge into what is greater than us, yet from which we can never be separate. I am always awed by the mirror reflections within water, as if it's another world, and you brought this vision to life through words.
Posted 07/02/2013 07:58 AM
Yup, you nailed it. It IS that lovely on Lake Oneonta! Elaine
Posted 08/09/2012 02:09 PM
There is something very Native American about this peaceful poem about a place of peace. Nice, Doris. Phyllis
Posted 08/05/2012 03:50 PM
Peaceful images as well as sounds takes me to the lake on a hot morning in Chicago. I like "primal pull" and where it takes the poem.
Posted 08/04/2012 09:53 AM
I love the similarity between my Florida beach scenes and the poet's more northerly lake setting. It is interesting that both places can stir such elemental forces within those who are drawn to them. Lovely piece of work!
Posted 08/04/2012 08:53 AM
lovely images on this hot summer morning, and such a peaceful feeling as I read this poem--thanks, Doris -Sharon Auberle
Posted 08/04/2012 07:45 AM

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