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A Dream of Ancient Tahoe Shorelines

Updated on April 2, 2016

The Tahoe shoreline town of these silent lake view days,

Old Tahoma, where we lived, bluer bluer than sky,

some mysterious coves here, and pools of silent bays

where pine slow streams of melted now cries.

To wish to be in Florence when unveiled

these brilliant carvings on a golden door

the scent of perfection was then inhaled

from fumes of freshly painted canvas floors.

Each color was so heavenly detailed

with shade of genius, great attentions care,

a population raised on love and art,

when God and work were one, to never part.

As we make our way to home, a day in the hot sand,

we cool under Lodgepole pine and know the truest peace,

a place to worship beauty, our feet on sacred ground,

this Tahoe home to sway our pace.

To dream of this time of Renaissance

when form and function served a greater cause

then beauty never was a non-chalance,

when beauty found in natural laws

expressed their joy and gratitudes response,

a love of God to put past man's own pause

and bring the grace of heaven to this Earth

to deeply ponder everyman's own work.

So many histories are, and many here to lose,

here buried quickly, deeply, my spirit and the lake,

my childhood Manzanita, underbrush lie the places,

a lake childhood never forsaken.

Yet when I wake I find myself in tears

where does a person go to see great height

early effort seems to be an act of fear

all subtle colors fallen from my sight

to yearn to see eternity appear

to stop this life of constant fight or flight

this is no country for the very young

each aged man from mountains sing and sing.


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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Frank. I am happy to hear from you. I hope you are well. Jamie

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      well this was some good morning reading.. I think I got them all for this month :) thank you for sharing

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for your kind words this morning. I hope you are well. Jamie

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Great to see your hubs after a long time. This is a great poem about sweet memories.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Still snow up there now. Thank you Bill I am happy to hear from you again. Congratulations on your novels! Jamie

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've only been to Tahoe once. All I remember is the color of the blue waters and how damned cold the water was. LOL Good to see you writing again.