Summer Solace by Linda Straub

Summer solace painting

Summer Solace

I sit on our cottage porch

and listen to the undulation

of waves lapping against

the concrete seawall.

A family of mallards bob

around and under

the planked boat dock,

their air of perfect serenity

belying the driving motion

of webbed feet below

a calm and watery surface.

In the distance,

a pair of loons

call out to each other,

their haunting wails

echo in the wilderness.

I am hypnotized

by their conversation–

the universal language of the lake.



Linda Straub

Copyright May 2014

Art by David Michael Jackson