A boy and his uncle

kneel on the shore

of a sunset pond


The colors of the trees

against a clear Missouri sky

reflect on the calm surface

before them


The boy’s small sailboat

tethered to a fish line

leans to one side

His uncle shows him how

to right it


Old man, young boy

look up from their work

to fix the image of sharply

uniformed drakes

with bright green caps

leading ducklings

in ever changing formations

as their flotilla slides by


This is the memory the boy

will keep about summer