Summer Solstice, Lake Attitash
Summer solstice settles on lake,
a few casual clouds drift, almost
imperceptibly, across an azure dome.
Sun executes its tiptoe dance
on top of ripples sliding to shore.
A mother duck paddles by
with fresh hatchlings,
donning their fluffy down,
she clucks softly to remind
youngsters to stay close to clutch.
A dragonfly wings slowly along,
rests before the evening’s siege
that starts with waning light
and surge of mosquitos.
Some boaters settle on surface
in no hurry to go anywhere,
enjoying afternoon’s ambience.
Occasionally one exhibits an energy burst
and with a roar trails a white wake.
Fishermen drift slowly near shore,
cast lines while in quiet conversation.
Neighbor’s daughters return
to water for first swim –
a trio of Naiads enjoy
submersion into liquid velvet.
A breeze blows in from coast,
fans feathery fronds of Dawn Redwood
that shades porch from summer’s simmer
and where a cat snoozes away the season.
Summer returns carrying remembrances
of years along these shores
where days seem eternal
and the dream of summer never ends.
Announcement: Lainie will exhibit her paintings and read her poetry at an Art Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th from 10 AM – 3 PM at Amesbury City Hall as part of the Amesbury Days celebration.