Michael Walker

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On The Walk Way. - Poem by Michael Walker

The long concrete walk way runs along the lakeside
of Taupo, the town where I slept last night in a motel
which was close to the action across the road.
I saw young joggers and older people on the walk way
heading towards the distant main street;
soon after I power walked some kilometres
which took well over an hour in the forenoon.
A few swimmers were out there testing the waters,
while a water-skier was far out, towed by a jet boat
and a colourful hang glider hovered above
and I heard the small waves rippling on the shore,
as a cool wind was blowing in from the water
and all of this made the power walk a breeze.

-15 February 2020.

Topic(s) of this poem: lake

Form: Free Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

I was driving back from Auckland, and got so tired by Taupo that I had to spend the night there and rest. I was excited by the action on the walk way next morning, so I had to do a long, fast walk to the distant main street and back. After that, I drove on to Wanganui.
On the walk, 'I put myself in the scene, at the scene', as C.K. Stead expressed it.
Taupo is a special place for me, because my father lies buried in a soldier's grave there.

Comments about On The Walk Way. by Michael Walker

  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (4/2/2020 2:22:00 AM)

    I like this poem for the close bond that you express for your father, the land and the lake, and of course, the walk. Full of imagery, so beautifully penned...........10 (Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (2/14/2020 6:54:00 PM)

    Lake Taupo stays blue and vast in my memory. That restaurant in 1971, enough fish on the plate to dull one's appetite. Your poem has power walked the past into the open. A descrptive and image filled write. Well penned Michael. (Report)Reply

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(2/19/2020 7:06:00 PM)

    Thanks Robert. Good to have you back in business. I read that Lake Taupo is the same size as Singapore.I could not have spent the time in any better way.

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  • Douglas Scotney (2/14/2020 6:43:00 PM)

    Big lake to circumnavigate, Michael. One you can do in an hour is Dove Lake
    below Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(2/19/2020 7:10:00 PM)

    The lake is the same size as Singapore. I only walked a couple of kilometres along the northern shore, all of it adjacent to the town. I could try Dover Lake one day, have never been to Tasmania.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 14, 2020

Poem Edited: Monday, March 2, 2020

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