Description of The Queen Hath Spoken Goodness
I grew up in the suburbs of Northern Kentucky. I was fortunate to have a few spots where I could go and be alone in nature.
Of all the spots there were none more precious and oft visited as Prisoner’s Lake in Devou Park. The lake is an abandoned quarry dug by prisoner in the early decades of the 20th century…1900-1930. Eventually between the escaping prisoners and the inability to keep up with the massive volume of water coming from exposed natural springs, it was dammed and used a lake for visitors to the park. The unique coloration of the water comes, it was explained to me, by the unique minerals and depth of the water.
During the CCC/WPA campaigns a beautiful stone staircase was built allowing visitors who walked to the park(common in the 30’s and 40’s) to walk down the steep hills safely. This view of the lake is at the bottom of those old stairs. I loved this spot because in this little cove, there was nothing visible the would disturb the illusion of being in a deep forest away from the city. It was a place of prayer, and wonder and great beauty.
Since I was a child , there has been a single eastern cedar pine on the edge of the lake. I guess it has grown since I was a child over 50 years ago, but it just always seems the same to me. It stands as some otherworldly figure with grace and mystery.