Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Poetry at Pequot Lakes January 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 3:17 PM
Not just graffiti, but a poem at Sibley Lake Park, Pequot Lakes.

Not just graffiti, but a poem at Sibley Lake Park.

WORDS UPON WOOD. Who wrote them? Why?

Because I am innately curious, I wonder, often, about many things.

I wonder about the words gracefully written upon the wooden railing of a public dock at Sibley Lake Park in Pequot Lakes this summer. We had stopped there for a picnic, eaten inside a shelter where a group of women were gathered for bible study. I felt intrusive, listening to their intimate prayers.

So when we finished our sandwiches and our chips and our one-serving pudding cups, we wandered toward the lake, my husband, son and I, down the steep hillside of steps. There at the bottom, two men angled the waters. We engaged in small talk.

None of them noticed the words, none of them except me. Live WELL. Laugh OFTEN. Love ALWAYS. And then in strong, uppercase letters, as if added as a postscript by another writer, the word DIE.

Was the writer angry? Spurned by a lover? Depressed?

I wonder about these words, this poetry written upon wood at water’s edge.

Beautiful Sibley Lake in Pequot Lakes, August 2009.

Beautiful Sibley Lake in Pequot Lakes, August 2009.

© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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