The Cattail Gatherers at “Swan Lake” Nature Reserve (2019)

A memory of gathering...
cattails in bundles and bales

The Cattail Gatherers at “Swan Lake” Nature Reserve (2019)

I.

They walk with heavy bundles and rough bales

so slow under the eyes of Peavine crest,

whose grandeur can be seen when we look west,

a boy and girl head home to tell their tales.

The Tundra Swan will swim immune to play,

to bend its neck to see the children’s game.

How water comes and goes our lives the same.

Open wings upon Pacific flyway.

With nostalgia they play around the lake,

to walk on paths they have already crossed,

they both will stop to look upon a Loon,

to stop upon the observation deck,

and gather any Cattails they have lost,

to head back home before the clock strikes noon.

The Tundra Swan
…to bends its neck to see

II.

He holds a bale of Cattails on his lap,

to sit and eat a bite before his trek,

through alkali mud flats and sticky muck,

to use forked prints of birds feet as his map.

His sister waves her arms to set in flight

a flock of water fowl who swam in peace

and set in motion Canadian Geese,

a moment when the sky becomes a sight.

These “Swan Lake” Cattails standing seven feet.

The tallest Cattails they have ever seen

much taller then the ponds where they catch fish.

At home they both place Cattails down to greet.

Their Mother asks with patience where they’ve been

while setting Cattails on an empty dish.

Canadian Geese
…for a moment

III.

Yet mixed within the muck is empty glass

of Whiskey someone threw upon the path

and other litter, humanity’s wrath,

near gazebo a syringe in the grass.

The girl will wander out in lake to pull

cans of beer and junk food wrappers that float

upon the stillness like a displaced boat

how long until this home for birds is full?

Until then they will walk within the reed

to find the tallest Cattails they can find

and listen to the frogs sing out their song.

This land has been a part of natures need

before the tract homes and the warehouse grind,

before something along the way went wrong.

Jamie Lee Hamann

Things have changed over the years.My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry.I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more.I share a weekly poem for TCEevery Saturday.I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go.I share new excerpts of this work every weekend.A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family.I am excited to share my poetry and my writing.If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com.The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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Jamie Lee Hamann

Things have changed over the years. My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more. I share a weekly poem for TCE every Saturday. I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go. I share new excerpts of this work every weekend. A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

One thought on “The Cattail Gatherers at “Swan Lake” Nature Reserve (2019)

  • January 19, 2019 at 11:58 PM
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    Such a wonderful day for the kids, and quite an educational experience also. Very nicely penned and a joy to read. Well done, Jamie.

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