The Lake

The Lake

When still waters run deep

by Gláuber Sampaio on Unsplash

Blood red flows in ripples from it.
The sky is dark and cloudy.
Dead trees stand crooked and bent in water.
Fish flee from the vicinity.
A baby duckling comes my way,
and spooked by a sudden movement, turns away.
Still waters turn to swirling rapids
Consuming all, in twist and bend.

And now I know in my refrain.
This water is the end.
And when I look again
I see
His face, so bold, in front of me.
And lightning strikes the water; cold.
The splash showers red for all to see.
As I look out at what I’ve done,
The water still; is calm no more.


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

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