Prologue to a marsh

Autumn winding down now
As nature speeds winter’s snow
In the solstice frigid sun,
In a marsh’s tidal lagoon
By a river’s bend
Tangled with sawgrass and reeds,
Mire, fowl, fin, and feathered quill
At a basin’s dancing current,
By salty sediment, starfish sands
With their fishwife cross
Terns, pipers, cockles and snails,
The sky up there, crow black, rain
Tackled with clouds who kneel
To the sunset nets,
Heron nearly in flight,
Mummichogs, silversides, and shells
That speak brackish seas,
Eternal deepened waters away
From the urban sprawl
Whose neon towers will catch
In the lighted night
Like stalks of cattails, strumpshaw grass,
A poor wind sings
To you suburbs, though a melodious
Yearning, a faithful act,
The screech of owls in
Disappearing wood,
Splayed sounds
Out of tree-thumbed leaves
That fly and fall,
Crumble into earthen soil.
The rumpus of snowflakes
Trumpet the marsh,
A bellowing white ark
As winter begins
Over the sleeping bogs,
Moonbeams flickering on
Plumbed byrns of mud
Down to the sea, curlew,
Into the dark shoals,
The water-lidded lands.

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54 comments on “Prologue to a marsh

  1. Magnificent descriptive writing Lance…you put me right there on the marsh’s edge…winter blowing in!!

  2. rabirius says:

    Another great poem. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Such clear descriptions, such as “rumpus of snowflakes,” and I learned about something new…”mummichogs,” which I hadn’t heard of before!

  4. You always manage to transport me Lance. I loved

    The rumpus of snowflakes
Trumpet the marsh,
A bellowing white ark
As winter begins


  5. Your poem captures the marsh beautifully. It made me want to get in the car and drive to one. Well done!

  6. NZain says:

    Peaceful and serene. Winter’s rest. :))

  7. I can just smell the salty aroma of the march, Lance. As it happens, we have wetlands all around here. You elevate them to a new level of significance.

  8. lampmagician says:

    Reblogged this on lampmagician and commented:
    A wonderful word to the seasonal exchange 🙏❤

  9. connetta says:

    This poem is beautiful

  10. I like the poetry and the picture! Marvellous!

  11. As always a great poem! Thanks, Lance.

  12. jeofreyogire says:

    It’s nice to read from your blog and thank you for passing bye

  13. Amazing how a simple, single monochromatic image can get you so poetically descriptive! Loved it!

  14. Just amazing! You awake pictures in my head I had never seen before. Thank you so much. Elisa

  15. Stills says:

    Wonderfully written! A treasure to read.

  16. Geo says:

    Interesting poem.

  17. You have beautifully captured the buffet of wonderment that is a marsh. I enjoyed reading this so much!

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