On Shady Bank
Down where the dragonflies dart,
A world exists to coax my heart.
Timid voices we laughed at life,
Shaving bits of wood, dad's borrowed pen knife.
The minnow and stickleback race,
Our smiles light up this shady place.
Rod in hand we cast our hope,
And trip and slip along grassy slope.
Time has no hold, over here,
We play at jokes with voices queer.
As if the days shall never end,
And leafy willow boughs become a friend.
Pleasant in the sparkling sun,
Upon the shady banks our rivers run.
And here we made, an oath of love,
My one true love, so much beloved.