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Sandy Lyne


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The Tadpole Pool

It was a small pool in the woods
that filled in springtime
near the thickened, hanging vines
where, on summer days,
we’d fly like Tarzan!
In the center was a stump,
a fire-charred fort,
toward which we aimed, unsteadily,
a walk of fragile boards.
Each had a jar.
Each was master of the boards
as each was master of the hanging vines.
This was far from home
though you would know if someone called.
Here the spermy toads
wriggled in the muck;
here the night fell quietly.
I had cheated
to win the book on Arthur and his knights
and had the sadness that came
when I read the tale of Galahad the Pure
who reached the Grail.
But I filled my jar with the others
and said nothing.
I stood atop the stump
and watched the standing pools
gleam everywhere like gold.
It was a fertile place. We knew it.


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