My dog & I set out
for a mountain lake
ringed by pine trees.

There were ducks
preening in the water.

Some of them quacked.
They sounded happy.

My dog lapped the lake
with her tongue.

Splash is a language.

A trout nearby
jumped to join
the conversation.

A pink woman
with blue tattoos
& a panting dog
passed us on the trail.

The dogs gave a sniff.
I held my breath.

I love the smell of forest.
Have a nice day.

I waved to an old man
fishing from the shore

without a hat.