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At Children's Lake
by Roger A. Ochs
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Sitting dockside
Watching ducks glide
Hearing small birds twitter
As swans flitter their wings
 
Ducklings hint at grace
Yet to come
In water so clear
I can see
Webbed feet
Frenetically moving to
Provide the serenity afloat
 
When people look at me
How much do they observe?
Is it the placid poet
Writing first draft?
Do they not see or sense
The tumult that brings me here?
 
For like the water fowl
I labor mightily beneath
Just to keep from sinking



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Reviewed by Connie Faust
I'm so impressed with this comparison, and of course, it's true. Who would believe the struggle involved in a simple poem? Cross-outs, add-ins, count the rhythm, change the words to come up to par...
There is a website for writers called The Odd Duck Society. How interesting that you should choose ducks, too.
Quacking and churning,
Connie
Reviewed by Georg Mateos
A man sitting on a bench is not a shadow being quiet if the eyes looking around are of the searching kind, if not, the perception of the man will be another blurred and forgettable detail of an uninteresting whole.
Your poem provoke the intellect to answer the challenge!

Georg

Reviewed by JMS Bell
IT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME HOW NATURE INSPIRES US SO BEAUTIFULLY. EACH AND EVERY DAY...WE ALL DO WHAT WE CAN TO KEEP FROM SINKING. BUT I HAVE FOUND THAT NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY...I ALWAYS NEED A LITTLE HELP FROM MY 'FRIEND'...'HE' ALWAYS KEEPS ME AFLOAT. THIS IS A GREAT WRITE, THANKS FOR SHARING AND GOD BLESS.
LOVE, JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Regina Pounds
But you do it with style! I enjoyed your bio page remarks and 'placid' did not come to mind...flamboyant perhaps...

You made me smile.
Gina
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
Love the descriptions in this one.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
So relaxing to sit by a pond watching ducks circle and bob. Even more satisfying to read a poem that looks -- and works -- beneath the surface. Takes a great poet to pull it off. You are so right, Roger. Only looks like floating! Easier it looks, the more vigorous the paddlin'. Good ON ya !! xOx 'Pea' xOx -- PS: Thought of working in "ducky.":)
Reviewed by Beverly Scofield
I know the "tune" that goes with that poem, Roger. (smile)
Reviewed by Linda Hill
Roger,
I can relate, alot of us are just one breath away from sinking. I've always felt that poets bare their soul in there writes, thats what "I" see as a poet writes. Exellent poetry, my friend.

Blessings,
~Linda
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
For like the water fowl
I labor mightily beneath
Just to keep from sinking

Meaningful verses, Roger; I can relate. Love and peace,

Regis
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