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A Day on the Lake

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished 2 months ago • 1 min read
Photo by Pietro De Grandi on Unsplash

Cool water waving

Splashing against the canoe

The sun beating down


No phones, computers,

Just you and me in a boat,

Stuck with each other


Sandwiches, soda,

Our nourishment for the day

Eating nostalgia


Talking and rowing

Temporarily at peace

Alone, together


Sitting together

In the middle of the lake

Side by side, open


A wet, dirty rock

Playing therapist today,

Unseen confidante


Speaking secret thoughts

Kept from each other so long

No bars being held


No yelling, banging,

No hiding from the fighting,

Just the lake and us


Father and daughter

Raising the white flag of truce

For only one day

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About the Creator

Stephanie Hoogstad

With a BA in English and MSc in Creative Writing, writing is my life. I have edited and ghost written for years with some published stories and poems of my own.

Learn more about me: thewritersscrapbin.com

Support my writing: Patreon

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  • Donna Fox (HKB)2 months ago

    Stephanie, this was so beautiful!! Well done! I love the overall feel of this piece!! Great work!!

  • Celia in Underland2 months ago

    Such a poignant moment recaptured, the idea of eating nostalgia is such a beautiful one 🤍 Funny the moments of calm we remember - beautiful!

  • Poppy 2 months ago

    This is gorgeous! "Sandwiches, soda, Our nourishment for the day Eating nostalgia" Love that stanza! And that ending was so impactful! Really well done

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    Ah, I can't see that white flag staying intact with my dad.

  • Awww, this was absolutely wonderful! Also, I feel like having a sandwich now, lol. Loved your poem!

  • Tamil2 months ago

    awesome nostalgia

  • JBaz2 months ago

    It is nice when something is so beautiful and peaceful that everything else is put on hold. This is lovely in so many ways

  • Depending upon the relative ages of father & daughter, he could be learning a lot, lol. (Our father always does when the eight of us kids get together with him. He just turned 90.)

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