ODE TO A DEAD POND (WPC: Transmogrify)

pond
October 2016

Once swans glided on your surface
while watchful clouds hovered above
Canadian Geese honked their presence
squirrels skittered in the nearby grove

Your benches hosted lovers’ trysts
and gave solace to distraught souls
on the shore, gulls gobbled the feast –
breadcrumbs kids tore from moldy loaves.

pond2
October 2016

In deep winter your frozen pond
held children who skated and sled
during spring thaw, mallards returned
among the reeds, they lived and bred.

But algae came and slowly spread
you suffocated, yearned for rain
but long hot summers bled you dry
and wildflowers now mark your grave.

Green Cabin1
October 2012.

My favorite place around our neighborhood was this little pond that teemed with birdlife. I loved going there to watch people and take pictures while my children played in the nearby playground. On weekend afternoons, the place was packed – there were photographers, lovers, families on a stroll, and children having a blast feeding the birds. I first saw the place in 2012 – the water was still clean(ish) and autumn looked great. Next year, I saw algea creeping all over the place. It seemed that the pond never looked as good again.

Four weeks ago, on a rainy day, I came by to take pictures and was so shocked to find that the pond was no more. Where the water used to be, only grass and wildflowers grew.

Below is a roundup of pictures I have posted of the pond when it was still one.

WPC: TRANSMOGRIFY

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17 comments

  1. “Your benches hosted lovers’ trysts” I love this line. Very cheeky, Imelda 😀 So sorry to hear that the pond is no more but overtaken by nature. Love that shot of the duck/swan spreading its wings – wonderful capture and you can even see the water droplets flying all over. Wonderful timing, Imelda 🙂

  2. In Florida this is called eutrification. The fertilizer runoff from farms,mostly sugar, and the animal waste runoff from farms fill the wetlands which begins the plant growth and encroachment . The surface growth kills all the pond bottom vegetation because sunlight cut off and all oxygen used up in rotting, then fish kill. Great loss of habitat for the natural food chain.

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