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Poems By Joseph Veronneau
Lake Champlain

Over by "the point"
teens jump awkward
holding legs inwards,
hoping not to bash their skulls
on the risen rocks below.
Wind blowing in from the West,
towel-less skin shivers
as spiders cram the woods
behind.

Off in the distance
people glide in canoes
sifting out from the pines
that hid them.

Head-first dives
off of granite platforms
casting selves as offerings
to mossy rocks and animals
who could not finish their trek.

It was made into one of the Great Lakes to receive federal funding
to clean it up,
then uncrowned of all its glory
once the job was done.

Teens still spiral
to near deaths
under summer constellations
releasing sweat.


Joseph Veronneau resides in Burlington, Vermont and has had poems appear in the following publications: Chiron Review, Lily, Lunatic Chameleon, Poet Lore, Thieves Jargon, The Poetry Super Highway (Poet of the Week), and many others. He also runs Scintillating Publications, a chapbook publishing press. . www.freewebs.com/scintillatingpublications Upcoming releases feature Lyn Lifshin and Karl Koweski.
 

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