NESSLESS

There are no monsters
in this lake I tell
my granddaughter, answering
her unasked question.
There are bears in the woods
around here and there
used to be an owl which made
an afternoon visit.
There are deer, certainly
and there could be a coyote
or two. If you don’t
believe me, ask the crows,
everyone knows that they
can never keep a secret.

First published in From the Finger Lakes: A Memoir Anthology, Cayuga Lake Books, 2021

2 thoughts on “NESSLESS

  1. Wonderful. Reminds me of when my sister saw the movie Jaws at 7 years old and wouldn’t believe there were no sharks in lakes!

  2. Oh, I love the end about crows and secrets! My sons always thought there were Orcs in lakes……..

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