A Winter Etching


Dozens of gulls
whitewash the morning
of the lake,
feeding on winter fish
and painting their shadows
on reflections of the moon.

Their white blends well
with wintry skies
as January inches its way
away,
and a light rain
lacquers their passing
onto cresting waves.

By Harding Stedler


After graduating valedictorian of his high school graduating class, Harding Stedler went on to earn his B.S. in Ed., M.S in English Education, and his Ph.D. in English Education as well. He taught writing courses under the umbrella of the English Department in universities where he taught. In 1995, he retired from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, with 34 years of service. He now makes his home in Maumelle, Arkansas, and is an active member of the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas as well as the River Market Poets in Little Rock.

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