Goose Lake, A Year in the Life of a Lake

Goose Lake, A Year in the Life of a Lake

by David L. Harrison, Sladjana Vasic

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Living on a lake has its privileges. I watch the sun come up across the water each morning and look out dozens of times each day to see what’s going on. I’m never disappointed. My endless fascination with life around the lake will be apparent when you read GOOSE LAKE, my first poetry collection published as an eBook.

The book begins . . .

August 4, 1989
Meeting Our Neighbors

As I stooped in my driveway for the morning paper, a delegation of geese hissing like punctured tires flat-footed it toward me across the grass. This was not a social call. My new house squatting on their land beside their lake was an outrage. Indignant to their pinfeathers the geese closed ranks and delivered their ultimatum in a furious chorus.

Bills hard as chisels,
tails aquiver,
necks recoiling like missile launchers
firing off fierce glares
the posse bristles pigeon-toed
to enforce goose law:

will be hissed
they learn their lesson.

Over time we humans near the lake have made peace with the geese which, on a busy day, outnumber us twenty to one. Our key concession is to their occasional messy forays into our yards. These Canadians don’t know about their ancestors, those hardy enforcers of goose law that established goose rights in the neighborhood. It’s always hardest for the pioneers. The lake lacks an official name but I call it Goose Lake. It seems fair.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013876583
Publisher: David L. Harrison
Publication date: 12/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

I've been writing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and educational books for many years and have had 80 books published. I've never published myself before but GOOSE LAKE seems perfect for my first poetry eBook. You can learn more about me on my website ( ) and my blog( ).

I live with my wife Sandy in Springfield, Missouri. I serve as Poet Laureate for Drury University. David Harrison Elementary School is named for me and one of my poems, "My Book," is sandblasted into the sidewalk of Burton Barr's Children's Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. Missouri Library Association has honored me for the body of my work, which has won awards in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, beginning with a Christopher Medal for THE BOOK OF GIANT STORIES in 1972.

My undergraduate degree is in biology, my master's is in parasitology, and my honorary doctorates are in letters. I grew up loving nature, music, and baseball. I've worked as a professional trombonist, been a pharmacologist, an editorial manager, and for 35 years owned a concrete block manufacturing company. My wife and I own a crystal and gift shop we bought in 1984.

My typical writing day begins at 6:00 and, on a good day, ends at 6:00 that evening. I'm currently involved in more than a dozen book projects so I need to have a lot of perfect days!

Thanks for reading GOOSE LAKE. It is truly a work of love.


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RobinKoontz More than 1 year ago
The typical residents of a lake such as geese, turtles, skunks, ducks, and fish are brought to life by the author's sensitive observations and the illustrator's whimsical illustrations. Each creature is introduced in a short essay, then given its own descriptive poem. I loved them all, but especially loved this line about a striped skunk in the dark: Their white bands jiggling up and down seem to glow like skeleton bones out to trick or treat. My only regret was that the book ended. But the author promises more! This is a book to enjoy and share. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare collections that is so vivid in its imagery that you feel as though you have witnessed the events sitting silently side by side with the author, soaking up the majesty of nature.
quicksilverJP More than 1 year ago
Goose Lake grounds you in its country setting while animals fly, flounder and scurry up into your face. Air blows the hair on your arm. The sketches draw you in "til you're on scale with the squawking geese. From sun-up to setting, the lake twists its musty smells through both nostrils. David Harrison and Sladjana Vasic have birthed a charming tour of this bucolic place complete with its musical rhymes and magical rhythms. It promises to relax and charm children of all ages. Jeanne Poland
Trop3 More than 1 year ago
Take a vicarious trip to Springfield, MO, and view this lake through the author's eyes. Only David L. Harrison could use such figurative language in describing the geese and other wildlife. I especially like his observations on the fog. It's a cloud Goose Lake holds on her lap. Well, you'll have to read it to get his poetic sense, not my little summary. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago