Friday, November 22, 2019

Sharing Drafts: Thinking All Day

Lake’s Reflections

I am a still lake.
I have a still face.
I am still water.
But I still have memories.
I can still remember
every dear reflection.Sometimes I see them in my mind.

I have watched a family
fishing from a rowboat.
I have scattered moonlight.
I la-la-la-la
A lake is quiet.
But we all have secrets.
I am a lake. I once held you.

Long ago you swam here
with your old dog Samuel
You splashed in my waters
playing fetch for hours.
When I’m feeling lonely
I bring back your picture
One child
One dog
One summer day.

If a person walked by
They would see you splashing
but for just a moment
here upon my face
They would see a stick fly.
They would hear a dog bark.
Then you would disappear
Once more.

© Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Students - I am learning and presenting at a conference this weekend and it is very joyful and very busy too. I squeezed in time this morning to begin a draft about a lake and its memories. You can sing it to the tune of This Land is Your Land...but it is not finished yet. Did you giggle at the la-la-la-la? I really do sing poems sometimes, and those will help me hold my place.

Today I will be thinking about this poem in the back of my mind, trying out new phrases and ideas. I will be back to share again.

December 5, 2019 Update - I still have not come back to work on this one...but maybe someday. Maybe someday...

And you? You might try singing a poem too. Find a tune you like, and fit your words to its rhythm. It's a good stretch.

Rebecca is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup at at Sloth Reads with a poem about hot salad and a question for us all. We invite everybody to join in each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness every week.

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. Enjoy NCTE and reflecting on your draft with the lake and its memories.

  2. I love your lake memories poem! We just took the kids to see Frozen 2 today and the idea that water has memory plays a role. How fun to come here and read your poem this evening! I hope the conference is going well.

  3. Sad that I'm not bumping into you at NCTE and getting one of your wonderful hugs! I went back and sang your poem! I sing silly, made-up songs to the grandsons all the time. Happy conferencing!

  4. From the lake, a lovely "splash" of memories, Amy. I hope you've been having a grand time at NCTE!

  5. It was so great to see you at NCTE! This is such a fun poem to the tune of "This Land is Your Land." I remember when you did this for your NPM project. My students and I tuned in everyday.

  6. Hope you enjoyed your time at NCTE Amy. I swear I can see those memories in your lake.