Summer Lakes, The Dock (WQW)

https://alwayswrite.blog/2022/08/10/wqw-30-enjoying-great-lakes-and-not-so-great-lakes/

I’m pleased to be back here with Marsha and WQW!  The concept of adding quotations (or songs) to whatever art we share thrills my English Major heart…and allows me to browse Bartlett’s Quotations at rich leisure.

Now before everyone thinks I’ve lost my mind entirely due to heatstroke, I’m gonna tell y’all why I chose the song I’ve included.

  1. Don’t blink, you’ll miss it—this song uses the word “lake” only one time…at the beginning.  I’d have preferred some repetition of it, but we don’t get everything we want in life.
  2. With most of the world languishing in the intense, uninvited, unappreciated HEAT—I thought a winter song full of snow might cool us down a bit (if you play it over and over, focused on the exquisite video).
  3. Lastly, I like Sarah McLachlan very much.  It’s a winter/Christmas song, and mournful, but I like that too.  (I’m itching to start decorating for the holidays!)  Her song follows my poem.

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We were younger then

Close sisters…closer than now

Summers were the lakes

Wherever family traveled…

Single sparkling memory:

Us sitting on dock

Together, dangling our feet

Away from others—

Otis Redding’s song was big

We began singing lyrics:

“I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time”*

It didn’t matter

That our dock was lakeside, and

Otis had the bay…

We had space to be happy

Silly…floating young girls dreams…

We were clueless…for

Time, Life would leave us estranged…

Blissful ignorance

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

https://fivedotoh.com/2022/08/12/fowc-with-fandango-languish/

*Songwriters: Otis Redding / Steve Cropper
(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

2 thoughts on “Summer Lakes, The Dock (WQW)

    • Thanks, glad you enjoyed! I spent 9 yrs of my childhood in Minnesota–lots of lakes, and also near the Canadian border. I failed at ice skating, and we didn’t swim either…Dad was into fishing…I was not!

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