Biography of a Lake

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by Richard Henry Hingston

   Solstice Lake is not
shaped like a long line
nor a circle as are so
many lakes. Rather
Solstice is a snake
that has swallowed three
apples, one at the throat,
one—Turtle Cove—
at the stomach,
and one at the tail,
which bulbs into
Trillium Cove.
Or maybe Solstice
is shaped like a spade
driven into fertile
earth. A shoe mated with
an Abenaki arrowhead.
A loon bulleting beneath
the glimmer. Or, the more
I canoe its wild edges,
maybe Solstice is shaped
like nothing less but
exactly no more than
Solstice Lake.


 Image Credit: Richard Henry Hingston

  • Sean Prentiss

    Sean Prentiss is the award-winning author of Finding Abbey: A Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, a memoir about Edward Abbey and the search for home. He and his family live on a small lake in northern Vermont, and he teaches at Norwich University and in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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