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Pigeon Lake
David M. Tookey


Winter 1910
Pigeon Lake is frozen over
A colossal snow-dusted slab

My grandfather his breath a
Downy cloud around his head
In a wagon loaded with firewood

To barter for food
Horses know the way
Over water hard as stone

by David M. Tookey.
Used here with the author's permission.

David M. Tookey lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is an elementary school teacher. A bicycle is his main mode of transport around town; David says he finds he can tinker with poems in his head as he rides.  (Safer than texting and driving? We’re not sure.)


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Lovely poem. "a downy cloud around his head" gorgeous.
Posted 01/17/2017 03:15 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Good poem, David. I like the way you make important words stand out with spaces between words.
Posted 01/17/2017 10:49 AM
Thank you David, Love, "over water, hard as stone."
Posted 01/17/2017 10:16 AM
Vivid imagery in the sparsity of words.Thanks, David.
Posted 01/17/2017 07:52 AM
A story told with few words and stark images. Nicely done!
Posted 01/17/2017 06:38 AM

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