We walked up the street
from our front gate to the park
and the lake named after
the American architect.

Whose idea was it to build
flat-bottomed rowboats?

They were there
even before my father thought
he would apply for a concession.

When it was approved, he named
our little fleet of six boats
after his two granddaughters.

They'd just learned
to walk, and now their names
glittered in fresh paint and letters
sewn onto the jackets of rowers.

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