the path round the lake winds like a storybook trail
in greenish blue and blue and green
and aqua notes that stir peaceably
in the pleasance of that avian sanctuary –
where hours while away in quiet geniality
and introspection ...
all who come there, do so as respectful visitors
with reverence for nature and deference to the birds
who live in that protected place ...
and so ... it always seems to come as a shock when
... from time to time ... the ducks let loose in cacophonous
honking quacks that careen off that lake of serenity
like a hilarious prank on their guests ...
everyone grins, then
... like we never saw the joke coming
no matter how many times you go there ...
for some reason ... you're always surprised ...
when the ducks quack
photo: Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park - Wendy Bourke
© 2021 - W. Bourke