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The Cabin by the Lake- A Poem

Updated on August 8, 2015

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The Cabin


Where the winding way divides

The southern path we’d take

Beneath the towering pines

To the cabin by the lake

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As children we would run

And precious memories make

So many years ago

At the cabin by the lake

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At Christmas we would go

And all our presents take

To frolic in the snow

Near the cabin by the lake

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When you and I were wed

And honeymoon did take

We joined ourselves as one

In the cabin by the lake

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Mamma and Poppa’s ashes

They both bade me to take

And scatter on the hill

O’er the cabin by the lake

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And when my journey ends

And life I must forsake

I wish to draw my final breath

In the cabin by the lake


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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, shiningirisheyes!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Will,

      The fact that the cabin was a creation from your imagination makes this poem so much better! I find it amazing when someone (like you) can take a thought and bring it to life in such beautiful and creative words.

      Great poem and I'm going to read more.

      Voting up

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wow! Thank you, Levertis Steele, for reading so many Hubs!

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      Not one word makes me cry, but together they work up a bucket of sad-happy tears. Another great one!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi lifelovemystery!

      Actually, I don't write a lot of poetry. I prefer the short story.

      Thank you!

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      Michelle Orelup 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      WillStarr you may have just made me a fan of poetry.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      A re-read by you, Audrey, is a high honor indeed!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I came back for another read--this is just so beautiful---still loving it!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, suzzycue, and thanks for the visit!

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The picture with the poem really made a scene of tranquility for me. It would be just the spot for me to relax and write. Great poem I felt the calm here.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, GmaGoldie!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Beautiful! We live by a great lake and have many a homestead like your photo.

      The joy of the water is my favorite and you really touched me.

      Voted up and beautiful. You took me to the lake for a moment. My last breath - I hope is near the water's edge.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Deborah. Peace is the goal for which we all strive.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Will,so nice and peaceful.. I want to go to cabin by the lake.. I love it... 'Great Hub..

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, frogyfish!

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Quite simply lovely...and a lifetime of memories in your little cabin by the lake. Enjoyed your poem and the cabin picture was inviting! Thank you.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Susan,

      I'm half-joking, but I'll see what I can do to honor your wish.

      Bill

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bill, You write from your heart...I like the poetry that you write. I don't feel that being mysterious makes one a good poet..just saying...

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Susan, and thank you, but I'm not much of a poet. Most poets are very mysterious, but with me, there's no mystery at all.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bill, What a beautiful poem. As I read it, it had such a calming affect on me.

      The picture you chose, I got lost in and wanted to live there.

      I wish that you'd write more poetry.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, greatparenting!

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      greatparenting 6 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

      Love the poem. Love the sentiment. Voted beautiful!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Tucson neighbor! Good to see you!

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      I have never had such a place but when you wrote about it that place became mine :)

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Dex, and thank you, my friend.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Will! Great poetry and art! Many of us long for a cabin by the lake! This is a winner! Voted up, up and away!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, PDXKaraokeGuy,

      Me too!

      ^_^

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, AudreyHowitt, and thanks for the visit!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Really nice work. Makes me wish I had a cabin by the lake!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      What a wonderful write--it is tender and full of all the aspects of life

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hey, feenix!

      Maybe we should invite all the Hubbers for a picnic by the lake!

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      feenix 6 years ago

      Hello, Will,

      This post is a beautiful work of art that delivers a powerful message. Also, by writing it, you showed (even more than you already have) that you are an excellent writer who has what I call "range."

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "I have never been in a cabin by the lake but have spent many weekends in a camper or tent by the lake."

      Same experience with temporary shelter.

      "Very treasured memories."

      Exactly!

      Thanks for the great comment.

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Beautiful poem. I have never been in a cabin by the lake but have spent many weekends in a camper or tent by the lake. Very treasured memories.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Sueswan!

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Will

      Beautiful, heartfelt and poignant. A very moving piece of work.

      Voted up, up and away!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Annette, and thank you!

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Bill, a journey told in so few words. You are the soul searcher and seeker of wisdom my friend. Your imagination and sentimentality was well caught in this poem.

      The photo tore at my heartstrings, because I wish I was there. Thank you for helping me to remember some special times in my life, they weren't all bad. x

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My best wishes to your sister! Perhaps you could print this little poem and give it to her as a cabin-warming gift.

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      Dexi 6 years ago from New England

      My sister just bought a little cabin on a lake in Maine. We are heading up in a couple of weeks to try it out before snow. I'm sure the cabin will make for years of memories as she vacations with her 2 little boys on the lake.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Sky9106.

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      The teacher was so correct. She was also honest with you in what see saw. You also knew she was and was eagerly awaiting that confirmation . From which better source than your teacher, can one be inspired by a compliment? As kids we always look up to our teachers .

      You simply followed through.

      First you started at this beauty, of a cabin by the lake poem, indulging your readers to see significance, by imagining along and putting ourselves there, in this beautiful scenery, that seems to have been put there only awaiting your poetic description.

      Oh,how I would love to see that beautiful lake, glistening through the trees in the background .Maybe it's my sight . Is that the lake through the trees ?

      But you probably kept that to yourself, and that's your secret That's one of the characteristics of great poems, it allows its readers to dream.

      And this reader will.

      Great poem Will!

      Blessings.

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      Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

      You're most welcome and I left word for you on face book about Gary.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, sweetie! How is your husband?

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      Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

      I think the proof of good writing is often in how your readers automatically believe every word is true to your own life. It's as true when we write something to be celebrated or when we write of a loss and you have thrown out a net and hauled in a catch worthy of a great fisherman. It is an even larger testament since your usual genre is of Western short stories which are enjoyed immensely but no one confuses your life with that of your characters. Great job here big brother. Completely enjoyed the idea behind it and all of the responses too.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks, Doug. Great to have you back.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      Smooth as a Kentucky sunset, Will. Good use of repitition and I enjoyed the various moments in your life that the cabin represents. Someone here mentioned Johnny Cash -- and I can definitely see this poem as a song. Cheers good sir.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, saddlerider,

      No apologies necessary, my friend, and I'm pleased that a man of your standing likes my work.

      The cabin is of course, fictional and the poem is a culmination of life's events. I do however, have my parent's ashes, and someday, I will have my cabin and then they will be scattered and at home.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      ahorseback said it well. A hermit, that I be. Will I must confess and offer up an apology for my tardiness and neglect in leaving comments in your brilliant story telling. You are a master bar none of the wild wild west story telling. As you know I write poetry, when I do come across a brilliant write, I must enter and leave my mark.

      You my friend left one for me with this magnificent poignant scribe. Oh to leave ones ashes with such fondness at a place that brought so many memories. A cabin at the lake, we frolicked, we fished, we ran free we smelled the lake and all that it offered up. The early mornings as the fog and mist rolled off the lake, we hear the frogs croak and the loons as they awoke our spirit and senses.

      Oh my friend you brought me alive, I felt my feet in the water as they dangled from the dock and my thoughts were elsewhere and my soul shouted out for wanting to write. Thank you for this peaceful setting and memories I cherished of long ago at the cabin by the lake...

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, ahorseback!

      I enjoy both solitude and people. I love a silent, misty morning, and a happy, noisy party with equal enthusiasm.

      Thank you, my friend.

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Will I am always amazed at the comment sections in your writing .....Full! But its not hard to see why either! This is perfect prose!......and you are a hermit like myself , I can tell!...:-}

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      A lovely plan. Wishing you all the best for an early retirement.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Debby,

      It's a fictional combination of real memories. My wife and I hope to sell out one day, and move to such a cabin.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Larry. Garrison Keillor, huh? That's some pretty lofty company!

      Good to see you, neighbor!

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      You made this up? What a wonderful imagination. Well, I guess we can actually have a 'virtual' gathering at the cabin, in that case. ?

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Will...Very nice phrasing...reads like a recitation from Stories from Lake Wobegon by Garrison Keillor...Wistful and meaningful...I enjoyed this very much...Thanks, Larry

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Since the cabin is fictitious, I'm not too worried!

      ^_^

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      It would be an awesome Hubpages gathering, don't you think? Can you imagine people from around the globe congregating at that little cabin? Everyone could bring a dish. However, I think you might want to keep the location a secret, so it stays your private little place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of life.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Debby Bruck!

      Wouldn't that be a fun party?

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Will ~ I join others in calling this a beautiful poem. Please take us all with you to the 'cabin by the lake.' Blessings, Debby

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      You're quite welcome, PADDYBOY60! Thank you for reading!

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      PADDYBOY60 6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      This poem reminded me of our cabin, in the north woods. Thanks for the memories.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Thomas!

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      ThomasRydder 6 years ago

      Hey Will...I want one!! You ain't all so bad at this poetry stuff either, my friend....I'm not a little impressed myself :)TR

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you for the great comment, Eiddwen!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      That enchated cabin down by the lake

      So many wonderful memories it did rake.

      That awesome nostalgia will never fade

      While I remember the enchanted cabin down by the lake.

      This was indeed wonderful Will and I vote up up and away.

      Beautiful and have a wonderful weekend my friend.

      Eiddwen.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, b. Malin, for the fine comment!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      What a Nice Poem, The Cabin by the Lake...It was very Enriching from start to finish as is life...A lot of people have these Cabins and those wishes in the End to wind up there. Very Sweet and Touching Will.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, RealHousewife, and yes, it's an experience we should all have at least once. Such cabins are available for rent!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Martie, and thanks for the clarification.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Will - I second that! And people should sit still with no conversation so they can hear the quiet souds. It's amazing how you can identify things you can't see after a while, like how a squirrel sounds running up a tree, or how things suddenly get loud - like the crickets or the cicadas, a bullfrog. I always imagine the woods being full of creatures that speak a language we don't hear. Your poem has made me miss living in the practical wilderness:)

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Will, I meant this kind of past/present/future HOME - a place where one felt/feel/will feel at home - even only in one's mind, ensure emotional stability and a feeling of security. It is also like a pillar of strength in times of stress and traumas. 'Somewhere to go because it is wonderful to be there'. Everybody should have such a place (under the sun) on Earth, but very few do... thus always seeking, wandering....

      I think my first two words put you off.... Realize now my thought of 'wonderful to know' did not show in 'That's it'.... Blame it on midnight hours and staying in HubPages when I am too tired to think straight. Am I forgiven for the negative idea I've given you?

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, writeronline,

      Everyone should spend at least a week in a cabin in the woods, and better yet, near some water. It's an unforgettable experience.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi. Alastar Packer!

      We all have warm memories of such times, don't we?

      Thank you for reading.

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      writeronline 6 years ago

      Hi Will, I've never had a cabin by the lake. Never been to a cabin by the lake. Now I've read your poem though, I know exactly how I'd feel at a cabin by the lake.

      Words don't paint better pictures than this.

      Cheers

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Will, an excellent homage to those cabins by the lake. One of my most endearing memories from childhood is a cabin by a mountain lake. Yes sir, you've written the magic very well here indeed.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, missolive, and welcome!

      My family's cabin by the lake never actually existed. This fictional work is the compilation of many life events and a dream.

      I'm pleased that it has stirred warm memories for so many. Thanks for the visit!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      This poem and the sentiment behind it is just beautiful. I also have memories of a cabin by a lake. It was our family's weekend get away for many years during my childhood into adulthood. Wonderful memories and a great place for reflection.

      Thank you for sharing and stirring my thoughts :)

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Genna East!

      "It reminds me of the wooded lake cabin-house my grandparents had on Lake Simcoe in Ontario. Some of the best days of my life as a little girl were spent there."

      Exactly! Thank you.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, ubanichijioke, and thank you!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Lynn S. Murphy, and thank you for reading!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      There is a beautiful simplicity to this poem, Will. It reminds me of the wooded lake cabin-house my grandparents had on Lake Simcoe in Ontario. Some of the best days of my life as a little girl were spent there. Voted up! :-)

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      A great poem. The cabin by the lake must be of great significance and importance. Well appreciated

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      Lynn S. Murphy 6 years ago

      Beautiful poem that brought back memories from long ago and far away. Thank you.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Barb, and I would love to have you. What a story we could write....together! Can you imagine? A best seller!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, always exploring!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, lilyfly! The admiration is mutual!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, writer20,

      The family cabin is not real, but the desire is!

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Will, this is quite sentimental. And sweet. I would love to sit by the fire in your cabin by the lake.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, dahoglund!

      I once live in Minnesota and I know what you mean.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, G-Ma Johnson, and thank you!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, thelyricwriter!

      Yeah, I write the occasional verse, just to keep my hand in.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi. mckbirdbks!

      No, I'm no poet, but I stumble through somehow.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi. mckbirdbks!

      No, I'm no poet, but I stumble through somehow.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This piece made me think of the song, " Green green grass of home " A cabin by a lake sounds real good to me. I liked it Will..Thank's

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      Lillian K. Staats 6 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Sweet, wistful, clean lines. Gorgeous Will, and thanks! lily

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great poem which I love, it's shame that's only your imagination.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It seemed like everyone had a lake cabin when I grew up in Minnesota. Some of my friends still do. I understand your sentiment.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Those special places and times will always remain in your heart...no matter what...nicely said....:O)Hugs G-Ma