There’s a man standing in the lake 
on his phone. From my seat between
a mallard duck and the old tyre,
I watch him, waist deep, cradling
his elbow firm against the rock
of the waves, watch the clouds scud
across the satellited sky,
seagulls screech, beach themselves,
shaking salt from their feathers
as though the ocean were nearby.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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