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At Beaver Lake

Two totem poles stand in
this place, this park,
in Sammamish,
the name of an indigenous tribe.

The fragrant, brown lake
feels silky on my swimming skin.
Lily pad blossoms give scents,
and underwater stems part toes.

My body swims in nature,
swims in culture,
parts the two
like water.

At Beaver Lake

Two totem poles stand in
this place, this park,
in Sammamish,
the name of an indigenous tribe.

The fragrant, brown lake
feels silky on my swimming skin.
Lily pad blossoms give scents,
and underwater stems part toes.

My body swims in nature,
swims in culture,
parts the two
like water.

Susan Hass  47, Sammamish

 
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