“At The Lake” by L. K. Thayer (family foto montage by Kelly Pratt)

(“The Big Kids and The Little Kids”)

(Mitch Thayer, Kelly Pratt, Leslie Thayer, Lisa Thayer, Kari Pratt, Steve Pratt, Grandpa L. G. Pratt)

we rode upon broomstick horses

galloping through the thick thorn forest

dragonflies hovering

plucking the plumpest raspberries

ripe and sweet from the crowded bushes

generously heaving

(Mitch & Steve)

inexhaustible, our imaginations

followed every footprint

our shadows danced,

lit by the man in the moon

we left no stone or cartwheel unturned

felt the moss squish between our toes

washed our bare feet in the sand

of the blue lake


she was always there to greet us

and make friends again

the lake,

loyal and lucid, the sound of her

reassuring shore beckoned

waiting to cup us in her watery hand

guiding us

float our dog paddling cherub bodies


as her loving waves caressed

our rosebud cheeks

(Grandma Audrey & Westie)

beautiful, bountiful, bliss filled summers

roll off my memory like pearls dropping

one by one, off a necklace in need of repair


I gather up and tuck safely

in a jewel box

just as my grandmother Audrey

would’ve done

in the dense lilting air

mosquito bitten arms wave

in remembrance of innocence

of youth unencumbered

the balmy summers of nature’s breast

beating like the wings

of a morning dove

soft, gentle, humid

clinging to the child

in all of us

L. K. Thayer

© 2010

Thank you cousin,

Kelly Pratt

Aunt Janet, Uncle Dick Pratt, Florence, Mae & Audrey
At The Lake…
    • Kelly Pratt, Creative Life Coach I’m marveling at talent today. Specifically my cousin Lisa K. Thayer… This is one poem that she wrote that many of my friends from Fargo and Detroit Lakes can relate to… you can find her work at https://lkthayer.wordpress.com/tag/poetry/

      10 hours ago ·
    • Kari Bishop Kel..a little too early to cry but Lisa’s poem touched my heart. Happy, grateful tears of our incredible summers.

      10 hours ago ·
    • Leslie Thayer Mann Very cool Kel… Do you know the year on this or could estimate based on Steve’s age?


  1. paul mckay · October 2, 2010

    Certainly speaks to the child in me and the poem and the pix bubbled up such warm memories of my growing years in Texas.

  2. lkthayer · October 2, 2010

    We were & are incredibly fortunate…Thanks Kelly for posting this
    as I re-post it at The Juice Bar. I love you all. – Lisa 🙂

  3. Lordy · October 2, 2010

    Wonderful…………..wonderful… Happy days !!!

    • lkthayer · October 2, 2010

      Oh they were my Lord they were!!

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