Maybe the Manitous

December 16, 2011


The Wilderness Within by Barbara Spring

It’s getting colder now on the Great Lakes. The water looks heavy, dense, and usually by Thanksgiving, the first ice begins to form on the shore. First one crystal grabs a grain of sand and then it begins and a stiff collar of ice forms along the shore on the eastern side of Lake Michigan. Maybe the Manitous is a poem from my book, The Wilderness Within.

Maybe the Manitous

Eastward rolling water
pellucid dense and slow
Karo syrup gloss or
flowing molten glass.
One crystal grabs
one grain of sand and
the beach blooms
with frost flowers—
a stiff white collar grows
all along the sandy shore.
Cold.
Icy winds blast.
Ice balls bob, wink, crash.
An eagle’s cry hangs
midair
above a white horizon line—
when sweetwater seas
freeze.
Late afternoon sun—
deep blue shadows on snow
manitous whisper to ice shelves
sibilant spirits speak —
murmur to structures below.
From Milwaukee to Muskegon
cold rollers flow, then splash through
ice volcanoes on the shore
troll caves and canon balls
shot from polar storms
or maybe the manitous.

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10 Responses to “Maybe the Manitous”

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  2. Where can I find more information about this issue?

    • Barbara Spring said

      If you read my non fiction book, The Dynamic Great Lakes you will find information about how ice forms in the Great Lakes. If you like poetry you can read the Wilderness Within or Sophia’s Lost and Found.

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  5. Barbara Spring said

    My book, The Dynamic Great Lakes has more information about ice formation and much more. It is available on Amazon’s Kindle reader as well as in paperback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and many other bookstores.

  6. Where can I find more information about this issue?

    • Barbara Spring said

      In my book The Dynamic Great Lakes you will find more information about the Great Lakes. The book is also available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and many other places.

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  8. Diane Steggerda said

    Barb, I love the poem — and your feeling for our waters and our seasons. thank you. Diane S

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