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Deborah Ager - The Lake

The yard half a yard, 
half a lake blue as a corpse. 
The lake will tell things you long to hear: 
get away from here. 
Three o'clock. Dry leaves rat-tat like maracas. 

Whisky-colored grass
breaks at every step and trees 
are slowly realizing they are nude.
How long will you stay? 
For the lake asks questions you want to hear, too.

Months have passed since, well, 
everything. Since buildings stood 
black against sky, rain hissed from sidewalks
and curled around you.
O, how those avenues once seemed menacing!

I know what you miss
sings this lake. Car horns groaning
in rush hour. Sweet coffee. Wind 
pounding like hammers. Warmth of a lover.
Crickets humming love songs to the street.

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Poet: Deborah Ager
Poem: The Lake
Volume: Connecticut Review
Year: Published/Written in 2002
Poem of the Day: Feb 11 2008

Comment 4 of 4, added on October 1st, 2007 at 2:51 AM.

HELLO deborah, I like your poems. I want translate it into georgian langvige.(Summer Nights)

KARDA from Georgia, Republic of
Comment 3 of 4, added on March 11th, 2006 at 2:40 PM.

I wish I could write poetry as good as yours, Mrs. Ager. You are my favorite poet. :)

Cormac Canales from United States
Comment 2 of 4, added on September 16th, 2005 at 1:19 AM.

The good thing about Ms Ager's poem, The Lake, is it's very realistic. It's full of life and the message is clear. There's profound image of beauty in it and the message of hope and life jibes together "A yard half a yard...each step is worthy from, well, anywhere." Isn't that great?

edgar r. eslit from Philippines

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