A New Day

Hi everyone,

This morning Goose Lake reminds me of the poem I wrote about such a morning in my one and only e-book, GOOSE LAKE, A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A LAKE. Here’s the Amazon link if you’re interested. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=goose+lake+david+l+harrison&ref=nb_sb_noss The book is illustrated by Sladjana Vasic. The foreword was written by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. GOOSE LAKE is priced at $1.99.


Some mornings know how to get it right. Across the lake treetops blush scarlet at the new dawn. Light strips black bedclothes and the new day rushes in fresh and barelegged.

A dove in a maple sings, “Who are you? Who? Who? Who?” A sparrow snatching a nervous breakfast at our feeder chirps with its mouth full. A robin captures a walnut tree and brags loudly of its conquest. Down-lake a sapsucker picks up drilling where it left off yesterday.

Hackberry trees, their new leaves curled in pale green rolls, look like they’re getting ready for a spring prom. The last dawdling skunk plods off toward the woods to sleep off the night’s foraging. Goose Lake, first thing in the morning, is at its best.

Face smooth from sleep
the lake awakens,
dabs on rouge –
a gift of the rising sun –
and opens for business.

Two ducks rippling
across the surface
begin to write the day.

(c) 2011 David L. Harrison, all rights reserved

14 comments on “A New Day

  1. Thanks for sharing about your lake David. Our lake is still covered with ice – we are in northern NY in the Adirondacks. We are not on the lake so i have a minimum of a 15 minute walk down our neighbor’s driveway, or i can walk to the other side of the lake which takes about 40 minutes. The ice is slowly beginning to thaw around the edges. Yesterday, the chair that was about 5 feet from shore had drifted through the water to shore, and 2 Canada geese were out on the ice complaining. I’m hoping when i walk down later today the ice will be gone… or tomorrow… we got an inch of snow last night but now the sun is out so i’m waiting til later in the day to walk.
    Here are a couple haiku i’ve written about our lake this April:
    Ice not yet gone.
    A chair remains standing.
    Spring, where art thou?

    Honk! Honk! Honk!
    A pair of geese fly overhead.
    Is the pond open yet?

    Ice melt has begun.
    Geese honk: when will lake thaw?
    Chair floated to shore.

  2. David: Beautiful descriptions! I just looked up “to wax poetic” because I was going to offer that as a compliment, only to find that it is sometimes considered a pejorative! I did not know that. Anyway… I admire your images and choice of words. Some poets know how to get it right also…

    • Thank you, Karen! I loved working on GOOSE LAKE. Keep thinking I should do a second book but so far haven’t gotten to it.

  3. I love the prose part as well as the poem part. Looks like you self-published this one through Create Space / Amazon? Like others mentioned above I too wish it were in print.

    • Editors who reviewed the manuscript liked the writing and poems but passed saying there wouldn’t be a large enough audience. That’s why I gave up trying and made this my only self-published project. I, too, would love to see it in print.

  4. I’ve thought about you every morning this past week or so. Two geese, sometimes as many as five, have been visiting the two ponds in front of my house. My 21 tame ducks are enjoying the extra company. I am, too. Wouldn’t mind if they stayed, as a pair of mallards did a few years ago. Mallory disappeared in September, but Max is still around. Perhaps the geese will also figure out life is good around Hutchinson Farms. 😊

    • Hi Sandy! Thank you for dropping by. These quiet ponds are sure appealing to wild birds looking for a little retirement home. We’ve also had some visitors that decided to stay. I hope your geese decide to stick around and meet the neighbors.

  5. I love all the post, David, but especially that ‘rouge’, a favorite part of the day, early morning pink. I have your book, need to return to read again! Thank you.

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