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Canoeing

A Day on the Lake

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished 2 months ago • 1 min read
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Canoeing
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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