|Night at the Duck Pond
clothed in ragged grey-brown bark
and bearded with strands
of Spanish moss
ring the pond’s far end.
Cypress knees rise
from the water like stalagmites.
Giant cattails and platter-sized lily pads,
interlaced with long reed canarygrass,
host a choir of bullfrogs and katydids.
A small field road hugs its western side.
In the distance, a gator slaps its tail.
The dank smell of swamp, river, and midnight dew
churn in the air.
A whippoorwill cries its sad three-note song
as the moon shines a face of stunning gold.
TOM DAVIS’ publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Carolina
Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observers
Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, and Special
Warfare. He’s authored a collection of short stories, The
Life and Times of Rip Jackson; a children’s coloring book,
Pickaberry Pig; a how to book on writing a ranger patrol
order, The Patrol Order;
and an action adventure novel, The
R-complex. Tom lives in Webster, NC.