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Michele Reed
We live in the country, east of Oswego. To the north, we can see Lake Ontario, and to the south we can see our own pond, surrounded by poplar trees. Every so often, a heron visits, and itís wonderful and special when he does.

Our home is on land that was my husbandís grandfatherís farm, and the pond was a farm pond, used for watering cattle. There are wood ducks that live there, but I believe the heron has his nest in the woods, and comes out and fishes in the pond. I hope heís not catching the frogs that serenade us to sleep!

As the autumn leaves fall, I know the heron will fly away for winter. So thereís a little bit of ironic regret in this haiku.

View from my window
Heron fishing in the pond
Autumn leaves falling

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