Saturday, July 28, 2018

Poetry: Spectacle Lake

Spectacle Lake

Spectacle Lake

Disembodied from
the bleeding virus
of breaking news,
my brain is ready
for the cold medicine
of the Adirondacks in
April, where I can wait
for the wild, unscripted
providence of a quiet-
clear as chartreuse-rising
from the granite stomach
of a lake speckled by loons.

Photo of Spectacle Lake by George Cassidy Payne.

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George Cassidy Payne is an independent writer, domestic violence counselor, and adjunct instructor in the humanities at Finger Lakes Community College.

George's blogs, essays, letters, poems, and photographs have been published in a wide variety of national and international outlets such as USA Today, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Buffalo News, Albany Times-Union, Syracuse Post Standard, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, The Toronto Star, The Minority Reporter, Chronogram Journal, Ovi Magazine, CounterPunch, Moria Poetry Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and more.

George's first book of poetry, A Time Before Teachers, is available at


5 Responses

  1. Bill Quinlivan says:

    Very nice.

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  5. Edward Zahniser says:

    Wonderful to see poetry — and very good poetry — in Adirondack Almanack!

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