• Leon de Leeuw

Lake Lagoda morning


Morning sun rays hit the Lake Lagoda waters

Lighting up the room Dmytri Zolotov of Archangelsk sleeps in

He awakes and gets dressed, combs his beard with a brush

Outside Valaam monastery, thick mist covers the lake

Dmytri washes himself, pushes his boat off onto the water

Peddling softly, on the quiet lake

Birds hidden in tall grass, a Lagoda seal by the shore

Dmytri stops rowing, looks into the mist

It up slowly, as if afraid of the sun

It’s a summer day, the trees lush and green

The belltower island, Dmytri ties his boat to a pole

He holds onto the ladder, climbs up step by step

Then pulls hard the chord, the first bell rings

A stork is awoken and spreads its wings

As the mist clears the lake on this Lagoda morning

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