The Cattail Gatherers

A Couple Children Gather Brown Cattails

1.

Around where the pines reach up to mountain

a couple children gather brown cattails,

to gather them and string them up in bales,

each bale composed of either 8 or 10.

The girl will wander into pond to pull,

with a strong desire, with a sure force,

as plow is pulled through earth by sullen horse,

to place them onto brother’s arms till full.

A silent pond where minnows grow to fish,

where a frogs loud croak, or sudden rustles

can break this stillness found in their labor,

to break and share a momentary laugh

and forget the soreness in their muscles

and slosh around in soggy shoes they wore.

2.

A girl of seven wears light blue short sleeve,

a boy of four who wears his baseball cap

who holds a bale of cattails on his lap,

the longer stems create a loose knit weave.

This act, serious as childhood can be,

a need to collect such beauty to store

moments to pass at a glance, life’s long tour,

a pond with cattails as the eye can see.

As minnows say farewell to each green stem,

away in vase made of paper and glue,

this day in the sun, these two play in pond,

these bales of cattail childhoods requiem

or a reimagined portion of shoe

floating in mountain waters view beyond.

3.

As children’s past becomes their present tense,

they walk with arms full of bundles and bales,

a historic day to play in cattails,

each foot step on path a practice in sense.

As animal clouds float over their heads

and dragonfly holds itself still in air

each child carries a large portion thats fair

through blues, browns, and green, some silver and reds.

At home their Mom will cut down a portion

of stem to fit in a colorful  vase

and thank the two children with a soft hug.

To release cattail seed in on motion

a cloud of cotton to fly and erase

all cares of tomorrow with a slight shrug.

Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry.I currently live in Washoe Valley NV with my family.I am excited to share my poetry and my writing and I hope that you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.

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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I currently live in Washoe Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing and I hope that you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.

3 thoughts on “The Cattail Gatherers

  • September 16, 2017 at 12:23 PM
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    Your poem and cattails brings forth a flood of childhood memories – Thank you for that. A enjoyable read as always Jamie.

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  • September 17, 2017 at 12:14 AM
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    I enjoyed that Jamie, a real essence of childhood well preserved in evocative phrasing and imagery. Lovely work my friend.

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  • September 17, 2017 at 2:03 AM
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    Uniquely written, and enjoyable piece of poetry evoking childhood memories. Well done Jamie.

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