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Creek Time

August 21st, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Boys SwimmingNut brown boys standing

on the red dirt bank

of a clear water creek,

now leaning on the breeze,

now falling, sprawling in.

Resting lizard lazy

on a flat black rock

drying in the heat just

to wet it down again.

Playing catfish games

lying on a smooth peeble bed

with a reed reaching up

to bring sun hot air

down to the cool.

Til a cottonmouth sneak

comes skimming the ripples

swimming through the cattails

slipping quiet to the pool.

Time to haul it out boys

and head for home.

  1. August 21st, 2013 at 23:06 | #1

    Very nice! (Photo and poem!) Reminds the “Old Man” of many years ago taking a trip in North Carolina to a place well-named “Slippery Rock.” Old Man even took the slide (with the kids). I remember that there was a Park Ranger in full uniform, including Smokey Bear hat, standing by as a “life guard.” I am still wondering if he, or she, ever jumped in with all that regalia on?

    • August 23rd, 2013 at 20:30 | #2

      I too have been to Slippery Rock and took the slide. It was pretty cool – in fact, I remember it being right cold but the day was very warm and the water was very refreshing. I took multiple slides down if I remember correctly — did one group slide with a bunch of other people. Of course, I was much younger than I am now. I’d like to visit the place again but I do not think I will take the plunge again. No Park Rangers though….

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