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· My Dog Is My Hero

· Where The Redwing Sings

· Through Katrina's Eyes, Poems from an Animal Rescuer's Soul

· Mystery of Madera Canyon

· Cemetery Island

· Gold River Canyon

· Curious Creatures - Wondrous Waifs, My Life with Animals

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  Cemetery Island
by Mr. Ed
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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Watching Our Tiny Dog

On Guard Duty Last Night,

During a Severe Thunderstorm,

Soon Released a Flood of Memories




“The Great Spirit, the Creator,

Flashing light through all the heavens;

The Great Serpent, the Kenabeek,

With his bloody crest erected,

Creeping, looking into the heavens.


“O’er the water floating, flying,

Something in the hazy distance,

Something in the mists of morning,

Loomed and lifted from the water,

Now seemed floating, now seemed flying,

Now, coming nearer, nearer, nearer.”


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,

From The Song of Hiawatha



Cemetery Isle is a real place

It lives on in my mind today

A place where we almost died

A place where we learned to pray


It was my wife’s first wilderness trip

And it could very well have been her last

I often replay that ghastly night in my mind

Then, it moved so slowly, now it moves so fast


It was our very last night in the vast wilderness

Our houseboat was anchored off tiny Cemetery Isle

When that storm from hell quickly descended upon us

When complete and utter terror, quickly stole our smiles


Two gigantic funnel clouds were reported, heading our way

In this wilderness, on this boat, there was now nowhere to run

As my wife, myself, and our tiny dog, huddled under a mattress

I began to believe the three of us would never see the morning sun


Our tiny houseboat was now being pummeled from all sides

The winds began howling, like a million banshees from hell

Thunder and lightning, were booming and flashing all around

The deep dark lake waters, were now churning in deathly swell


As the three of us huddled and held on to each other on the floor

My wife and I soon began praying, harder than we ever had before

Our very lives now depended on five dollar strands of mooring rope

And when all three of them snapped, I felt true terror like none before


I threw that sopping wet mattress off my head, and grabbed some rope

And before I even knew what I was doing, I dove headfirst into that lake

I probably wouldn’t have had the courage, but my wife and dog were inside

Our boat would soon careen into the rocks, and like a matchstick, it would break


By God’s grace, I somehow managed to re-fasten those mooring ropes

And three very terrified voyageurs managed to survive until the next morn

As we slowly chugged back to camp, surveying all the damage all around us

I had a new appreciation for prayer, and my awe of Nature’s Power was re-born



Cemetery Isle is a real place,

It lives on in my mind today;

A place where we almost died,

A place where we learned to pray.


And our extremely tenacious little Chihuahua,

Of the three of us, probably had the least fright;

Every time that we now have bad thunderstorms,

She very diligently guards us all, through the night.



2010, Mr. Ed

Cemetery Island

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Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
Wondrous recall for me...I have your book and have read it twice. I highly recommend everyone purchase this book for their own "great adventure". I was water-logged for days after reading; your words brought such a reality as does this poem.
Hmmmm...maybe time to read again :o)
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
Scary stuff indeed, grace included. I bet now you have the ten dollar rope. Patrick
You sure let us live that experience, I am just trying off now, and hugging that little chihanananananann, bless you! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Wow! Now that is one memory to hold onto for sure. How did you ever keep your cool through the ordeal. God was certainly watching over.

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
The only Cemetery Isle thats real is the one thats actually in your head...geez, what a bunch of whiners, whats a little storm gonna do to ya...ever been in the ocean in a nor'easter on a little 30 foot boat & having to constantly bail the water THATS SCARY! lol, ed
Reviewed by Christine Tsen
I was on the edge of my seat ~ a stunning ride, this poem!
Reviewed by Lew Duffey
By Gods grace and your courage.
God bless,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
I remember this one, Ed ... excellently penned. Hope the storms are gentle to you and your family. Y'all been getting rocked -- and more are expected ...

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
what a brave girl-and you too-scary time!
Reviewed by Richard King
You had me on the edge of my seat. Well told and the tension just kept building. Knowing you had to have survived to be telling about the experience didn't seem to lessen the anxiety build up. A standing O.

Reviewed by Christine Alwin
...indeed Ed, I have been on this island and as you know my getaway to Camp Narrows has been a safe overnight haven to many strangers lost or protection from storms,,,only wish we could of brought you and your wife in...thank God you survived it....Note~ to readers, I highly recommend Ed's book Cemetery Island to read, it is fantastic!!!
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat
Sounds very scary, and you could feel the fright all the way through.
Well crafted!

Reviewed by Georg Mateos
Thoughts of wife and pet, diving to retrieve the mooring ropes, just a flash of a moment but then again one eternity...
Thanks for sharing.


Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
A terrifying scene, Ed....and a beautiful outcome, teaching you the power of prayer.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
Wow! What an awesome story, put me there in the was very glad you three survived!

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Compelling writing, Ed; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
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