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Midnight Walk in Battle Creek

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Midnight Walk in Battle Creek

night and darkness shadowed in
as heavy gray clouds felt of snow
quiet was the air, and thin,
awaiting Mother Natureís show

O the beauty of a night first born,
a Michigan town, Battle Creek
smells of grape nuts in early morn
for these are memories I keep.

Company had come that night,
good times were had by all,
then it soon chimed come midnight
and snow had begun to fall

twenty miles east of Kalamazoo
Battle Creek quietly resides,
Kalamazoo had all the wind
off Michiganís great lake side

Battle Creek, a different town
quiet reigns over the snow,
instead of drifts and shifting hills
the white just chose to grow.

Midnight walks on streets of white
a wondrous treat in itís own,
but this is when magic begins, and
why I believe in cherrystones.

Did you know snow has song?
and is heard when winds donít blow,
crystalline tinkling is taken to heart
and snow fairies softly glow

I know, we stood, quiet, still
heard chiming tings softly surround
no one spoke, but shyly descried
as snow came twinkling down

O Battle Creek of Michigan
someday Iíll come to visit again.


©Karilea Rilling Jungel
29 September, 2000
revised
17 November, 2001

© Copyright 2001 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 11-17-2001 10:45 PM       View Profile for Startime   Email Startime   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Startime's Home Page   View IP for Startime

What a beautiful vision you paint for my heart. I love the magic of snow. *sigh* Stunning.  

Love I leave with you whether it is in your life now or yet the essense of your dreams.

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2 posted 11-17-2001 10:46 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

never been there but I eat Kellogg's! You make it sound delicious, sunshiney one!  
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3 posted 11-17-2001 10:59 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Karilea~Living just over the bridge or through the tunnel from Michigan, I have been to Battle Creek, and your words painted a perfect picture of what it looks like with the snow in this area.  Well done and thoroughly enjoyed!  Nancy.

~I've loved you forever, in lifetimes before.~

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4 posted 11-17-2001 11:05 PM       View Profile for Lone Wolf   Email Lone Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lone Wolf

Ah, the smell from the Kellogg's factory.  Nothing like it!  There are many quaint towns hidden throughout Michigan.  Glad you enjoyed it, Sunshine.     

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by the grace of God.
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Ah... Been there.. smelled the grapenuts... and felt the magic - I thought perhaps that part was emanating from elsewhere, though.. Going back?.. All righty - I'll meet ya there - Just tell me when.. Clicking my heels now...

I really like this poem, m'friend..
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Your timing, Karilea, is as impeccable as your skill with words.

I was born and raised in Battle Creek and, strangely enough, even though I rarely go there these days, my sister and I were talking about it no more than a week ago. I went to Junior High at Southeastern, across the street from Kellogg's, to High School at Central in the downtown area, and lived in Post Edition, so close to the Post factory that my old house is now part of a parking lot for their employees. Not the best areas of town thirty-five years ago, and much less so today. But I still think of them as home.

As a teen on foot, with an insatiable thirst for exploration, I covered every square foot of Battle Creek and the surrounding townships of Lakeview, Springfield, Urbandale, and even distant Pennfield. Back then, walking or running twenty miles a day was nothing. From Goguac Lake (my summer home!), to the old Mill Pond where we dove from a twenty-foot bridge into a sludgy river rife with currents, to the Sears water tower where you could climb a rickety ladder 400 feet closer to heaven, to the dark labyrinth of tunnels and water ways wending beneath the entire downtown area, to the woods and fields and quarries surrounding the town, I spent every summer and most of the school year discovering new secrets, new thrills.

Which is all to say, Karilea, that if you ever do return to Cereal City, you should let me give you a guided tour. It won't always be as beautiful as you've painted it with your delightful images, but I guarantee you won't be bored.  
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Ron, to be graced with your presence is a gift, indeed!

Battle Creek was our home from 1980-1982.  I worked for a short time in Marshall, Michigan for Win Schuler's food marketing President, then began my sojourn as a legal secretary for an attorney of Patent Law in Kalamazoo.  We loved Battle Creek, and I have lovely, fond memories of Michigan.  Always the snow fell soft, thick, and magically in Battle Creek...and yes, I am sure I shall visit some day again...

but your introductory comment shall stay with me...and when we get back up there?  It would be OUR pleasure to have a guided tour by the Magician, himself...

Startime, if you want magic, a visit is in order...

it most assuredly is a delicious place, 'Deer!

Nancy, I am glad you enjoyed this repeat...

I did, Lone Wolf, thank you for reading...

Nan, when I click my heels, I shall make sure you hear....
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Your words take me to this beautiful place.great job.
Peaches
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Wonderful, descriptive poem, Karilea...makes me think snow might not be so bad.  Never having lived in it, you take me there with some sort of magic you weave with words.  Thanks!
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10 posted 11-18-2001 05:10 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

you could then come to Lansing, we've got a lot of nice things here as well. . .

I've always liked this one. . . and now, I like it even more. . .  

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Wow!  I've been to Marshall Michigan, and the Magic Museum!  Also to Colon every summer in August where the 'real magic' takes place.  Hummm, wonder if I could possibly know Ron?!
Loved this piece again just now....thanks.
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Sunshine,
My mother was born in Berrien Springs and eventually I got to live there. Wow, do I ever miss Michigan and you help me remember why! Thanks tons!!!
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This message was paid for by the Battle Creek Travel Bureau/Beauty Center/Post Office/Barber Shop/Car Wash/Nail Care and Discount Tire Mart

I wish we had 4 seasons.. Gret Sis
 
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