White on the River

Clouds
drift in
surface-float,
zigzag birch trunk
splays on river flow.
Water lily petals
double in reflection.
Ebony jewel damselflies
alight—white spot on female wings.
Water escapes log tangle, bubbles white. 

Even when landscape dissolves shades of green
in mud-green river, white calls our gaze—
tail band of flycatching kingbird,
light belly as red-tail soars,
petals of arrowhead,
glare on our paddles
as we pull red
canoe through
August
heat.

 
 Lucy Tyrrell

Lucy Tyrrell

Lucy Tyrrell lives near Bayfield. Her favorite verbs to live by are experience (canoe, mush, travel) and create (quilt, paint, write). She gathers poem ideas from nature's wildness and interesting prompts.