Fun at Lake Hersey
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This children’s story is the text for a children’s picture book I plan to create in the near as a memento of the days I spent there with my kids. Hersey Lake is a Mattagami Region Conservation Authority area near Timmins, Ontario. It was written in July 2010.
The sun’s hot and bright, not a cloud in the sky,
Without delay to Lake Hersey we fly.
We pile high our minivan with buckets and shovels.
Mom says, “Let’s go boys. Quick! Quick! On the double!”
We traipse through the sand lugging all of our gear.
Others laughing and playing is cheerful to hear.
Our mom picks a spot on the beach, and we run…
Off to catch tadpoles and crayfish. What fun!
Searching for water bugs, we find a snake,
Lazily sunning himself by the lake.
To catch the prized creature became our one goal.
I reach out to grab him—
He slips down a hole!
We see a fat leech wiggle by in the weeds,
Catch him before he slips through the tall reeds!
We gather our captives and chose a location,
To build a big fortress, our own sandy nation.
It’ll hold all our subjects—a moat wide and deep.
With high walls and close watch, our creatures we’ll keep.
Mom calls, “Let’s go!” We cry, “No, we can stay!”
We run to the water. “Please mom let’s delay!”
To say we’ve done it all today.
Weary and finished, we’re ready for home;
We let loose our captives, and quickly they roam.
We crawl in the minivan, quiet and expired,
Quietly remembering the day that transpired.