Copy Right ©2012 Hanna Gosselin ~ Pier Post Persisting
Wooden posts rise from the water,
defiant sentries guarding
the memory of their crumbled pier.
The young and the old had stood
upon the weathered planks
to view their reflections
in the mirror glass lake.
Fishermen had looked
over its edge to cast poles
into the lake womb
to hook its offspring
for their dinner table.
Giggles had pierced the sun
on sunny summers as children
leapt from the pier to spell
their joy in sparkling ripples.
There were dreams initialed in the wood
of whispered love and promises
scattered in petrified bones
on the shore.
The posts had it all, life, love, secrets
tattooed in their splinters.
The lake’s rage had tried to erase
their memories in a flooded bath,
but had underestimated the echo of life
that refused to surrender.
©Susie Clevenger 2012
The Sunday Challenge at Real Toads was to use the beautiful photography
of Hannah Gosselin as inspiration for our poetry.