Tennant Lake Park Rules*

June 28, 2012

Wendy McLeod ~ Tennant Lake Park Rules

2012 Merit Award
By Wendy McLeod

Tennant Lake Park Rules

Audubon marsh boys on spring break
twig fished without line or flies
for bubbling creek turtles, but none
would snap at hope alone. Darting
the zigzag boardwalk, their ears blushed
rustier than the moss spores
bumpering the deck comers.
While slowed to dribble and plunk
every flat stone and watch water-
walking spiders surf the ripples
finches called them ‘cheaters’
so, they filched a scrap with them
tossing crisps and chatter back
into the bushes. The pair snapped
up cattails and raced for the highest
banner of seed. Soaring over the field,
the ranger spotted them and cooped
their flights back onto gravel; their
wild life having a boundary of its own.

*Copyright 2012 by Wendy McLeod. Placard design by Egress Studio.

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