Tag Archives: Lake Michigan

In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams

The Preacher sat upon a rocky hill
Above a cave where waters from the lake
Crashed angrily above the soaring shrill
Of gulls excited by a splashing wake
Of fish caught by the afternoon’s harsh light
Flashed back into the early Fall’s blue sky.

He sat upon the hill, his second sight
Unmoored and wild, and listened as the lie
He’d told himself when struggling to find
The island where his people could be free
Wrapped round reality, the awful bind
Of white men, dark men in the company
Of humankind, their kind, the hunger spun
From dreams once dreamed beneath a noonday sun.

Note: The title paraphrases a line from Pablo Neruda. This is the fourth sonnet in the series I am writing about the black community that existed for a short while on Washington Island off the tip of Door County. It was developed during a workshop led by Ralph Murre.

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Lake Michigan Ice and Shore

photographs by Ethel Mortenson Davis

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Still Winter, Cave Point

Photographs by Ethel Mortenson Davis

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Waves

a pastel by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Waves

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Signs of Coming Spring: Open Water

a photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Signs of Spring, Open Water

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Open Water

a photograph of Lake Michigan by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Coming of Spring on Lake Michigan

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The Lake

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

In the cold winters
around the Great Lakes,
ice moves
in constant, fluid motion
making cracking sounds,
thundering sounds
as ice heaves against ice,
shelf against shelf,
sending echoes out,
across a cold, stiff night,
that sound like a war
being waged,

like someone shooting off cannons
in some distant place.

She is telling us
she is still here;
she is still alive!

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Lake Michigan Ice

a photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Lake Michigan Ice

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Lake Michigan as the Sun Goes Down

a photograph by Sonja Bingen, our daughter

Lake Michican in Sunlight

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Green Bay at Sunset

a photograph by William Bingen, our grandson

Green Bay by William

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