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Martin Swinger: Studio Recordings

Daybreak on Hungry Pond

(Martin Swinger)
February 2, 2019
Martin Swinger

Hungry Pond is a continuing writing project illustrating the web of life in a freshwater pond. "Daybreak' is the opening song of the cycle. 

  Daybreak on Hungry Pond 

Daybreak and the frogs are finally sleeping

All that bellow and pee-peeping falling quiet on the land.

Rippling. On the shoreline shells lie broken

Where Raccoon cracked ‘em open

Pressing paw-prints in the sand.

The Dog Star shines alone. Begin bugs buzzing drone!

Good Morning!  Good Morning, Hungry Pond!


Trees Breathe, sending waterlilies drifting.

Silver fog is lifting between reed and pickerel skies.

Sunlight catching dragon nymphs and fat snails

Slowly sliding down the cat-tails

To slink away from hungry eyes.

As morning shadows fade the bird songs serenade!

Good Morning!  Good Morning, Hungry Pond!


Circle. Life revolves around the seasons.

Birth and dying have their reasons shared by every living thing.                  

Hunger, necessary for surviving. Eat the slow to feed the thriving.

What abundance that may bring.


And in the grey-green cool of a stream-fed pool

There is nothing new about who eats who.

Good Morning!  Good Morning, Hungry Pond!