A Thanksgiving at “Swan Lake” Nature Observatory (2019)

A lake with swan.
                                                                     So thankful that I am on this beachfront…

A Thanksgiving at “Swan Lake” Nature Observatory (2019)

1.) A Thanksgiving

So thankful that I am on this beachfront

where dog on leash and I will walk in muck,

where melted ice has muddied up our luck,

where dog finds scent to prepare for a hunt.

So thankful to look out over this view

to see the floating birds before their flight

each wing arouses color to my sight

upon the grey and white of morning dew.

Another walk upon a different lake

each footfall in a different valley

these scenes that only leave me wanting more.

I am so grateful for gratitudes sake.

The horizon is not the finale

as dog nudges some reed upon the shore.

Upon the shore
                                                                                              Some reed upon the shore…

2.) Gratitude

So thankful for the snow not melted here

these patches of my life that hold on tight

as if to say that through the sun I’ll fight

to move into the next day without fear.

So thankful that my dog has found a scent

here upon this trailhead where tracks are seen,

this break from days where everything’s routine,

as we scurry over branches wind bent.

I pull the leash in tight to give a pet,

acknowledge that we walk this path alone,

upon his muzzle here out in the cold.

Here where the needs of animals are met.

The quiet movement of the Loon set tone

this story is not the only one told.

Where the birds swim
                                                                               The quiet movement of the Loon…

3.) When Crossing Paths…

So thankful for a cup of warm coffee

from the Thermos held within my frigid hand.

So thankful that this moment was not planned.

I wonder what the day will bring to see.

I sit on bench to listen to the wind

to look at ripples forming on the lake

to watch the patterns that the ripples make

when crossing paths where Larks have likely skimmed.

In ancient times when tribes would move the clan

to find fresh fish and Jack Rabbit to hunt

in pastures located on valley floor.

So thankful that life has shared this simple plan.

So thankful that I am on this beach front

where dog and I have found time to explore.

Jamie Lee Hamann
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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 started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. 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.

2 thoughts on “A Thanksgiving at “Swan Lake” Nature Observatory (2019)

  • January 26, 2019 at 10:52 PM

    So thankful you wrote this piece, Jamie. It stirs up images of nature and peaceful settings. Great phrasings make for these lovely verses. Well done, dear friend.


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