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The Boating Lake - A Poem

Updated on July 28, 2014
From a 1950s postcard
From a 1950s postcard

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During the summer of 2013 I worked on a project called poets in places. The theme for the project was water.

A group of poets in my area, including me, picked an inspirational spot from our town that had a body of water. Then, in the month of September we all got together at a local gallery and spoke about our inspirations, our methods of working and finally, we read our poem.

As part of the project I took photos (which unfortunately I no longer have to share with you) and painted pictures, and I spent a lot of time in my area choice.

The place I chose was The Boating Lake which is just as it sounds, a lake with boats in it. I wrote about this spot because it is where I have spent a lot of time with friends, and where I first got together with my current partner. At the time of working on the project, this was still a very recent event, and so I was feeling rather romantic.

A few days ago was our first anniversary, so what better time than to share this poem with you.

I hope you enjoy.

The Boating Lake

It's a place of beauty, the old boating lake,

With swans and geese and a shop that sells cake.

So we wander the path that takes us round the lakeside

As the sun bounces from the water, makes the whole place shine

With a brilliant light highlighting the blues and the greens,

The water in the lake and the leaves on the trees.

We sit on a hill under the shade of a tree

And I watch as the image unfolds before me.

It's amazing, the wonder of the warm summer's air

That clings on through winter, somehow always there

With the hope and the promise that in a matter of time

The spring will come back with the turn of the tide.

In fact the tide's just behind us, its sweet salt we can smell,

It lulls in time with our breathing, a lifetime of stories to tell.

Of lovers, or brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, daughters, granddaughters and sons,

Of love and of fortune, of happiness and care,

Of those left at home who wished they were there.

Well, we're lucky to be here in this place in this time

Not knowing what's ahead of us, just going with the tide.

But no matter when I sit here: autumn, winter, spring

I will always think of summer and the memory it brings.

When we emerged from the arcades and walked along the prom side

And swapped stories of misfortune and watched the tide.

And we reached the lake and ducks asked us for bread

But we carried on walking, kept going straight ahead

Until we reached this same spot under the shade of a tree,

We felt at home, we felt safe, it was the best place to be.

And as we sat together in the peace and the quiet,

Some schoolboys approached in search of a riot.

But we simply continued without making a fuss,

Whatever they said wouldn't get to us.

So we showed them the beauty of the place where we sat,

All the tiny details down to one blade of grass.

We picked up a flower and showed them a trick they could do,

They left happy that day having learned something new.

We stood up together as we laughed and agreed

That we'll come back with the seasons so that we can see

How everything changes yet still stays the same,

And together we'll watch it come back round again.

So here we are again, sat by the lakeside,

As the sun bounces from the water, makes the whole place shine.

But this time reflecting a more orange glow

As the trees shed their leaves to prepare for the snow.

And as the sun hangs low we realise it's time

For us to go home before it turns night.

So we face each other as we say our goodbyes,

But this isn't the end, rather the start, of the turn of the tide.

© 2014 Amy Naylor


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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      21 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Amazing. Simply amazing work. Love poetry as I write abstract/prose and "A FLicker'd Flame" is only one example.

      How long did this take you to write? I sense a lot of nervous tension and stress in some areas of your phrases and that only enhances the entire hub's position and meaning.

      Enjoyed this very much!

    • Amy Naylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Naylor 

      4 years ago from England

      Thank you very much! It was, it got me back into writing again but it also opened my eyes to lots of different techniques and how to find inspiration in some of the most peculiar of places.

    • Sherry Hewins profile image

      Sherry Hewins 

      4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      A beautiful poem, and that sounds like a wonderful program you were involved with.

    • Amy Naylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Naylor 

      4 years ago from England

      Thank you so much Jodah! I really appreciate your positive comments :-)

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Your poetry is very unique Amy. You are a natural story teller and have a way of sharing personal stories that get your readers in and keep us interested to the end. Well done.

    • taiwokareem profile image

      Taiwo Kareem 

      4 years ago from Salford

      you are welcome. stay blessed

    • Amy Naylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Naylor 

      4 years ago from England

      Thanks! :-) It's comments like this that keep me going.

    • taiwokareem profile image

      Taiwo Kareem 

      4 years ago from Salford

      Wow that's so amazing. I admire the flow , the energy, the description and the rhymes. Voted up


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