Showing posts with label Lake Chelan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lake Chelan. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 17, 2024


Chelan, in Salish

it means “deep water.”


Innumerable pieces of our hearts

are folded there

into its blue waves.


They scallop toward us in dreams

reflecting the rugged green

of shoreline firs and pines,


little houses dotting the hillside,

boat slips bouncing near the shore.


The cabin cradled

in the hillside above it

echoes from the sound

of all we shared there,

our infant family

now grown large.


Memories, thick

as the blueberry pies

made from our fresh pick—

of our cooler filled

with sandwiches and apples,

our little open bow boat

filled with sunscreen

and laughter.


We lost sunglasses to Tsi-Laan—

t-shirts, frisbees, our hearts,

to the deep of it.


And those surrounding hills,

clothed in golden summer velvet

above the tree line,

get swallowed up in its crystal hue,


the way we always do—

the swell of memories

in a wake behind us,


floating on a dream.



© 2024 Jennifer Wagner


For Melissa’s prompt at dVerse using the artwork of Alma Thomas.  I used her Light Blue Nursery (1968) pictured above.


Fun facts:  Lake Chelan is the deepest lake in Washinton state, the third deepest in the US, and the 25-28th deepest in the world (depending upon the source).  I’ve written about it a few times before.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

At the Lake

Lake Chelan
Photo © 2017 Jennifer Wagner

Love comes in soft waves—or bold,
and leans in toward our shores—
keeping and staying, freeing and swaying,

Chasing us, when we need to be chased,
holding us, starlit, and
night falls.

© 2017 Jennifer Wagner

An acrostic for dVerse.

Lake Chelan is a lake in central Washington and is one of my favorite places to be.  My family has done a lot of living, laughing and loving while visiting there.