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dVerse — Lake Michigan between Ludington and Manistee, MI, USA

These photos were taken on one day in July 2013 at Lake Michigan. Bob and I had driven his motor home north, heading towards Ludington. I was the map captain, and I noticed a small park not too far north, between Ludington and Manistee. We followed the map and discovered a perfect little park. Set high above the lake, the parking was overlooking it. There is a picnic area, a trail leading through the vegetation and eventually to the water, and signs pointing to a campground (which we never got to, either by walking or driving.) We swore to each other we wouldn’t reveal the exact location, and we also swore that we would come back to this place and stay in the motor home. We never revealed the location. We never went back.

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small sail
navigates within
large sky

 

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a pebble-finned
beach shark is a
friendly greeter

 

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tall shoulder
green fur
blue apron

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beach fuzz
with a lavender
border

 

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spring green in
midsummer
dances with snakes

 

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a tireless journey ends
as ripples crack
the finish line

 

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its brown-chipped
remnants of life
are still enriching

small sail
navigates within
large sky

a pebble-finned
beached shark is a
friendly greeter

tall shoulder
green fur
blue apron

beach fuzz
with a lavender
border

spring green in
midsummer
dances with snakes

a tireless journey ends
as ripples crack
the finish line

its brown-chipped
remnants of life
are still enriching

Lillian is today’s host of dVerse.  Lillian says:
The TITLE of your poem should be a place: a city, a site, a place you’ve been. The title should be like a pin on a map….telling us where we’ll be traveling to.  The POEM ITSELF should take us there. A travelogue of sorts. Imagery, description. Help us take a “vacation” with your words.

44 thoughts on “dVerse — Lake Michigan between Ludington and Manistee, MI, USA

  1. This is FABULOUS! I grew up in Waukegan, Illinois. It is right on Lake Michigan….almost to Wisconsin. My summer youth was spent on the rocks by the “no lifeguard” area of the Lake. At least once each summer my dad and I would rise at 4 AM and head to the pier to fish…pole fishing…none of that fancy stuff. We raised our kids in Iowa but went to Escanaba, Michigan and stayed in a cabin at Sandy Shores for 7 years running. Oh these photos are wonderful and take me there. I love every small poem with each photo….they’re just perfect! Hard to pick a favorite….but I think this one:
    small sail
    navigates within
    large sky
    It goes with the beautiful photo so well.
    THANK you for taking me back to Lake Michigan! 🙂 Smiling I am and full of wonderful memories.

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    1. So glad it took you back to pleasant turf from childhood with your family. My son went to school in the UP and we drove up to highway 2 and went across that way usually, but one time we came back the Escanaba way and thought it was so nice. Did you ever go to that crystal clear lake that has a glass bottom “conveyence” that you can use to pull yourself out into it? I never saw it but my friend posted about it and I always wanted to go back there and check it out.

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  2. Great photos, Lisa, I especially like the driftwood, something I used to collect years ago. It’s such fun discovering places you didn’t know existed. I love your sequence of haiku and senryu. My favourites are:

    ‘small sail
    navigates within
    large sky’

    because I love boats and we have plenty of them here on the Norfolk Broads

    and

    ‘its brown-chipped
    remnants of life
    are still enriching’

    because I love trees!

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  3. So many ways to look at at this wonderful poem. Your explication starts out as a haibun, then each photo with it’s own haiku enriches the form, then the words themselves form another version; incredible.

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  4. Some think it’s necessary to travel to Europe to find adventure and beauty, but there’s so much of it right here in the United States. The great lakes are as majestic as the ocean. I loved the driftwood, by the way!

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