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Solitaire in the Wind
by J.A. Aarntzen
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This one is sort of "Eagles on the Bay Part 2". It was written about a day later. I toyed with the idea of combining the two pieces into one work but in the end decided to keep them separate.

Solitaire in the Wind

We come upon a riddler
At the side of the lake
Where he sits upon a picnic bench
Playing solitaire in the wind
He seems not interested in us
He’s more concerned about his cards
Trying to keep them from blowing away
Yet a gust springs up from nowhere
The Jack of Spades flies from the table
And lands face up between our feet
You pick it up and hand it to him
And he places it on the Queen of Hearts
That is your answer he tells us
And bids us on our way
We come upon a scribe
Scratching runes into the sand
The waves wash his work away
Yet he does not give up
His stick digs into the beach
He carves your initials
And then he inscribes mine
The surf rolls in from the sea
But avoids pouring over what he’s done
Our initials stand unscathed
We look to him in awe
And ask him what this means
He smears his work with his stick
And bids us on our way
We come upon a dying fish
Washed in from the surf
It is wedged into the sand
Its mouth opening and closing
Desperately seeking revitalization
You are moved to compassion
And you gently pick it up
And feel it writhe in your fingers
You hand it over to me
And ask me to return it to the sea
I want to do your bidding
But the fish bites my thumb
And falls hard to the ground
As it flops back to the water
You shake your head at me
I come up to a scuba diver
Standing at the edge of the sea
The mask obscures her face
She does not acknowledge me
While she stares into the water
She appears hesitant to step in
As if a danger awaits her
I scan the surface seeing nothing
And tell her that it is safe
As she turns she removes her mask
I see that it is you standing there
And I beg you to reconsider
And that we can work it out
You show me the Jack of Spades
You place it on the Queen of Hearts
I scratch our initials in the sand
And then we are on our way
Storyteller on the Lake

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Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis
I love the first two lines of each stanza. You have very interestingly woven together the charm and lure of gypsy-style riddle makers with the modern bend of everyday living. Your writing often reflects your simultaneous/concurrent presence and exploration in both the world we perceive with our senses and the world(s) beyond (or maybe perception beyond). There is a flavor of fantasy that colors the edges of this piece in a very interesting way.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
It's not only a brilliant story but a deeper look at the way everyone seems to be absorbed in their own world. A poem of substance and depth.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
Another fine poem from the master story teller.
Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa
Interesting, lovely experience. Thanks.
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