poetry and prose about place

deep waters – Clear Lake

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As a result of my work, I have been privileged to see some remote, very special places in New Brunswick. 

One of these is Clear Lake, a pristine lake in the south west area of the province.  To reach Clear Lake, we canoed across Sparks Lake and made the short portage from Sparks to Clear.  The portage crosses the narrow divide between two watersheds – Sparks Lake eventually flows into the Magaguadavic River, while Clear Lake is part of the Pocologan River system.

topographic map showing Clear Lake, Horseback Lake and Sparks Lake

Clear Lake is a deep lake with remarkably clear water.  Lake depth measurements from the New Brunswick Aquatic Data Warehouse show the maximum measured depth to be 29.6 meters (97 feet), although deeper depths have been recorded.  Stones on the bottom of the lake look like they are only centimetres away, but when you put your hand into the water, you quickly realise they are far out of reach.

standing beside Horseback Lake, a small lake just west of Clear Lake, October 1992 (photo by J. O'K.)


Clear Lake


behind us

dry leaves settle

waves on Sparks and Redrock


Clear Lake

bottle blue

silences our chatter

reeds and aluminium



we glide


between islands

group of seven trees

flung southward

quartz cobbles

rim the shore

dark Porcupine

bristles with conifers

tangled in the surface

plunge eighteen fathoms

to a cove

gathered in arms

of granite and pine

a cabin perched green

shadows peering

over the edge                                               


sudden and silent

sunken logs

caressed by crescent suns

cast through ripples

only a touch away


through the mirror


numb fingers search




essence always

out of reach



in the clear lake         



Published as: “Clear Lake”, 1999, River Revue 5


© Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

August 26, 2011 at 6:57 am

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  1. If I could convince Heather to do the trek I think it would be worth it … it looks like a beautiful place. Like the use of these lines silences our chatter reeds and aluminium whisper … at least that’s what sticks out for me. Nicely done (as if I have some authority to congratulate you …lol) – Denis



    August 26, 2011 at 7:59 am

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