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Ron
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0 posted 08-28-2001 01:30 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

Recent chronicles, by itinerant and marginally clandestine travelers, have perhaps set Michigan in a slightly unfavorable light. Revamping an older poem, I though maybe I should set the record straight about our Great Lakes climate and the thrills of wilderness living.






Michigan Summer

My road is sun baked dirt and stone,
my yard a field of wild grass grown,
and at my furthest boundary,
tall rows of corn stand guard for me.

At dark the stars become a torch,
the brightest light from my back porch,
and fireflies mime the stars in flight;
I find I see much more at night.

My neighbors are the maple trees
and swooping wrens and bumble bees,
a snowshoe rabbit running wild,
a tawny doe with freckled child.

We share a home near glacier's gift
of arctic waters left adrift,
one lake of many lakes around
a place called Colon, my home town.

It rains a lot on summer days,
cold torrents masking morning haze,
as thunder rocks the window eaves,
and branches lift to find appease.

Clouds roll across the tear-stained sky
Like cinema, too fast to spy,
Wind-sped and dark, they come and go,
Receiving thanks from things that grow.

So, when the storm has fin'ly passed,
and water sparkles in the grass,
with rainbows lining freshened skies
ablaze with sunshine in disguise,

When creatures small and large peek out
from enclaves cast in Summer's doubt,
remember, this is Michigan -
the weather's bound to change again.

© Copyright 2001 Ron Carnell - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 08-28-2001 01:34 AM       View Profile for ramrog   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ramrog

When can I move...hehe.  What a great painting of your home.

"If you choose not to decide,
You still have made a choice."
Neil Pert

Saunni
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2 posted 08-28-2001 02:02 AM       View Profile for Saunni   Email Saunni   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saunni

Oh, so very very beautiful! I love this place you call home!

Sauni @~~~>~~

The Sun Shines
Not On Us, But In Us
The River Flows Not Past,
But Through Us

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Ron~
LOL @ that intinerate MissGypsiNess ! !

Well, sir ... the Michigan Chamber of Commerce would be proud of your efforts !

Good to see ya' !
~*Marge*~

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Ron-
   This really is beautiful!
   Almost makes me want to move
   to Michigan...almost!  LOL!
   Wonderful job of setting the record straight!
   Great to see a poem from you!

   ~vicky


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heart, you have not truely met the poet."
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That's it---we all spend next summer at RON'S!!!  

Truly lovely, Ron. And I would write a poem about summer in New Orleans? But I write enough depressing poetry, and I may be publicly flogged for ruining the tourist industry!  
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It is great to see some work from you, and you make it sound sound so intricately beautiful there.   All I used think of was snow when I thought of Michigan! Now I think of much more.
Kit McCallum
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"My neighbors are the maple trees
and swooping wrens and bumble bees,
a snowshoe rabbit running wild,
a tawny doe with freckled child."

I think you've also beautifully described Ontario here Ron. You had me smiling all the way through ... I almost felt like I was home in the country again, and not here in the city. Beautiful cadence and rhyme, and the imagery is so very vivid. Thank you for the nature smiles this morning, very much enjoyed!  

Best wishes,
/Kit
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The place sounds alive and that's a good thing. Enjoyed.
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This brings back some wonderful memories of the two years that I lived in Michigan!  While a little greener than the state I live in now, much of what you say is true...don't like the weather? Stick around five minutes, it'll change...

and change is good!  
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This brought back many, many memories. I truly love Michigan in every season but winter (and even then, when naked black trees are covered with ice, it's magic!). Going home to Michigan is not out of the realm of possiblity for me even though I hate to drive in snow (looking for a snow plow man!).

You've written a beautiful brochure about a lovely place. In all honesty, it brought a tear to my eye and a bit of longing to my heart....do you have a spare room for me?
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11 posted 08-28-2001 10:16 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Ron,
You've touched the nerves inside of me
With some place that I'd love to be
Your simple words and simple store
Has openned me a simple door.
Thank you so much Ron. Sy
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12 posted 08-28-2001 10:47 PM       View Profile for Masked Intruder   Email Masked Intruder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Masked Intruder

And voila, he let's us again know why he is a god.  *grins*  Lovely piece, Ron.  Fine form and awesome images.
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Excellent! This is just the way it is! Well, except in Colon Michigan, during the first week of August each year when it becomes an enchanting and  magical place to explore.  

~Somewhere in my heart I'm always
Dancing with you in the summer rain~

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I've trod that road of dirt and stone
And dwelt among tall grasses grown.
Within the mist of early morn,
Green meadows now replete with corn.

As silent rabbits on the watch,
Chipmunks cavort the berry patch.
Regale the doe with twinlet fawn
Meandering about at dawn.

From nestling 'neath the cherry tree
Grand monarchs flit with bumblebees,
And fireflies that light the night
Like starlets borne in earthly flight.

Outside the pane when sound's unheard,
A Riverview of hummingbirds;
As watchett parents perched on high
Help downy bluejays learn to fly.

Cool showers of rain reprieve for days
Of summer sun's enscorching  rays.
The glacial Great Lake Michigan
Embodies power of Nature's hand.

This sleepy town is magical;
Clandestine folk whose lives are full,
Yet standing tall amongst the rest
ImPassioned host who is the bestů
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Sounds good!!

thanks for the wonderful view of your hometown.

Charisma
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Ron, this is great.  We USED to have only neighbors of maple trees.  Now the trees are being cut, the fields of corn turned into lawns and the rabbits and deer killed by the traffic on these back roads.  Oh, to be back in those good-'ol-days".  I can still remember how it used to be and am still looking for that place.  You did a beautiful job, though.  Thanks,  ME
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enjoyed it
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hey. . . it's still this way. . . you're just not looking in the right places. . .

thanks Ron for sharing with the world just what it is that makes this place so special. . . and why we love it so much. . . even when it snows. . .  

-------------------------------------------------------

To the world, you may only be one person. But to one person, you may be the world.

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Ron--In your poem is the first time I've been to Michigan..I very much enjoyed it..thank you!!
Elizabeth Santos
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Ron,
You could make Brownsville, Tx. sound like a retreat to Eden, Not downplaying Michigan, It's just that you see all the beauty and express it exquisitely.
This was a delight to read,
Superb writing
The poetic response was equally intriguing
Liz
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Arctic Aurora nights
Are heaven's delight
But maybe Michigan nights are
Out of sight!
Your poem let me enjoy your home
Vicariously

Thanks for sharing the natural wonders of your world.
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22 posted 08-30-2001 11:57 AM       View Profile for ethome   Email ethome   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ethome's Home Page   View IP for ethome

Wonderful word pictures and format. Brings the virtual reality out crisply and clearly....Nice work!
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You're bound to make a favorable impression of your state with this poem!  
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24 posted 08-30-2001 03:03 PM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

A wonderful write Ron, you paint images with your words that give the reader a peaceful feeling and allows them to see what you see and feel.  Beautiful.  I am glad that you reposted this.  *s*

On the wings of words our spirits fly....and our souls are free.
~Me~

(I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance~Garth)

 
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