The Lake A glimpse of heaven

The lake is a deep and mysterous emerald liquid,

calm and refreshing. Lining its boarders, delicate pastel

blooms of rhododendron offering its flowers to the silky

water below.

Every year I long for our summer return to this lake

of overflowing calm. Our days start with the quiet of

the forest and the warmth of the cup in our hands.

I feel this easy flow of real-ness, simple and settled.

Each day is filled with lures, lines, the one that got away

and the one that didn’t; patience. Splashing, floating,

waterfall climbing and speeding across the mirror

reflection of our hearts. The beautiful imperfection

of our windswept hair and marshmallow mouths

gathered around the fire, smoke and embers leading

our eyes up to the glorious abundance of speckled

lights, taking us right into eternity. Our bodies

are yearning for rest. This is being truly alive.

This feels like home.

Erika Masterson 2021

Erika Masterson
September 11, 2023