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Duck Pond
Katianne, Age 9, Edmonton, AB

A family reunion of ducks
Covers the murky water
of the emerald green pond.

They share their water haven
with pigeons, geese,
and a lonely seagull.

Tall waving reeds
surround the pocket-sized refuge
shielding the pondís inhabitants from the city.

A thin bald man
gazes at the gathering
from a small wooden bridge
that rests above the pond.

A startled duck darts across the water,
flapping its colourful wings loudly,
leaving white water in its tracks.

This small disruption
Breaks the calm for just a minute
Then the peacefulness returns to the pond.

I am the secret observer
I feel relaxed and grateful
to be here.

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