Creek Time

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.

2 thoughts on “Creek Time

  1. Old Man August 21, 2013 / 11:06 pm

    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 23, 2013 / 8:30 pm

      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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