Bird Path of Swann Lake

Bird Path of Swann Lake
Bird Path of Swann Lake

Bird Path of Swann Lake


Followed these birds path

the Heron and the Magpie

multiple families of Duck

built strong foundation

to slowly raise their Ducklings

or to hunt or play in reed.


A Snowy Egret

not common at this climate

seems to have found a new home

sturdy place to live

for a bird so out of place

jumping from grass patch to stone.


Carry book to path

copy of Wendell Berry

his “Sabbath’s” and his Sunday

walks in local wild

after weeks of grueling labor

to feed and work on his farm.


Realize the work

never ends among the reed

rest around newly found pond

light against the day

as if the daylight destroys

everything created here.



Sandpiper skitters

moves quick on thin twig like legs

up ahead man walks his dog

a few fly away

a family of Ducks remain

a Mallard seems lost in mate.


Criss-cross applesauce

will read to diversity

of multicolored bird life

a Berry “Sabbath”

an ode to a quiet way

six days of work one to play.


Maybe Mallard’s seen

many deaths before his mate

she is not foreign to pain

creation begins

with flow of mountain water

their young behind their mother.


Hands in pockets

to stay warm in morning frost

blow circles of mist in air

witness miracles

creation of new system

I am silent bystander.



Talk to each other

about new families of Quail

navigating across path

the grace of daylight

presence of greater power

among strange mixture of bird.


These rivers must drink

to draw a watery home

slowly draining to the fields

Heron stands above

last years completed stanzas

water moving slow through time.


Days heat progresses

river runs slowly these days

put seed out on my front porch

with my succulents

desire to play a part

tired silent observer.


Walk everyday

everyday the land changes

as birds move around Swann Lake

new places new homes

to settle and raise their young

the light of Spring here again.

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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 The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

3 thoughts on “Bird Path of Swann Lake

  • May 1, 2023 at 8:20 AM

    I feel as though I just spent a lovely early morning around the lake, watching the birds and enjoying nature just by reading your poem. Well done, Jamie. I love it.

  • May 26, 2023 at 10:18 AM

    This really puts the reader right there, plus it’s educational – very stirring, peaceful, and an enjoyable read overall


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