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Lake Treasure
David Henson


Twinged with disappointment
my hike through the woods
didnít reveal a pileated,
I carry the scent of pines
to the water where a squawking goose
beats hard, tips left,
slants down for lake treasure ó
rest, food, maybe a mate.
The bird extends its legs, flairs wings,
splashes, flaps, skids
and glides to a gentle stop
before dunking its head
and pointing its rump skyward ó
a bow for a perfect 10.
I refrain from applause,
respecting the quiet
of this arena,
and in that moment
wish for the bird
something precious
as itís given me.

© by David Henson.
Used with the author's permission.

David Henson is the author of two chapbooks and his award-winning work has appeared in a variety of online and print journals. In addition to writing, David enjoys playing classical and boogie woogie piano. David and his wife have lived in Belgium and Hong Kong over the years, but now live in Illinois, where they enjoy walking with their dog. Learn more about David at

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Drew R.:
Wow, what a lovely poem! Thank you for this quiet image of nature. So peaceful. I hope we can all give back some of what Mother Earth has given <3
Posted 09/01/2023 06:33 PM
Wilda Morris:
Wishing for the bird - a wonderful ending to an excellent poem.
Posted 08/31/2023 08:56 AM
Such truth comes out of this poem--how we want to give back to nature for the gifts we receive. I envy you the fragrance of pines--it's sublime.
Posted 08/30/2023 03:01 PM
Jane H Fitzgerald:
I can feel the peacefulness of the moment.
Posted 08/30/2023 02:49 PM
Lori Levy:
Great details, and I love how the poem begins with disappointment and ends with appreciation.
Posted 08/30/2023 12:42 PM
Posted 08/30/2023 12:40 PM
Many thanks to all of you who are commenting. Much appreciated! - David H.
Posted 08/30/2023 10:43 AM
Tender and moving, David, chocked full of picturesque details. Well done, we readers are "on site."
Posted 08/30/2023 10:34 AM
Janice Galt:
Appreciating this justright poem about natural delight and power of a moment observed.
Posted 08/30/2023 09:47 AM
I enjoyed everything about this poem from the title to the beautiful ending. Thank you!
Posted 08/30/2023 08:42 AM
Larry Schug:
You've captured the landing perfectly;not easy to do.
Posted 08/30/2023 08:11 AM
JaneBeverley :
So simply expressed and so lovely. Thank you for a great visual to begin the day.
Posted 08/30/2023 05:45 AM

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