Poem: Sands of Michigan


Growing up along the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the city of Marquette, I have many fond recollections of summers at the beach, swimming in the water and exploring small islands…

Jumping over dunes
On the hot sand under sun
Cool, deep blue waters
Beckoning young summer fun

Life in Michigan
With the sound of surf nearby
Castles built of sand
Growing taller, toward the sky

Yet, time drifts on
In tidal flow
Shifting sand from yesteryear

Still, looking back
A golden age
Sunny mornings on the pier

© 2022 Phil Perkins


Music: Michigan Man – by Mike Ridley (1996)

This music is from a friend I met long afterwards, who performed at Four Green Fields Irish Pub, in Royal Oak, Michigan. As I later learned, Mike Ridley attended N.M.U. in Marquette – during the same time I lived there as a kid…small world!


24 responses to “Poem: Sands of Michigan”

  1. Beautifully written and thank you for sharing this poetic gem, Phil!🎊👏 I bet you were a happy kid growing up playing in water, sands, and lots of sun beams….😉🥳 What a lovely depiction of memories!

  2. I love your poetry, Phil, from the very first time I read one. This is lovely, and beautifully illustrated with the gorgeous photography. You are an artist. Blessings for a happy and peaceful Easter.

    • So sweet of you to say, dear Isabella ~ much appreciated! I’m glad you enjoy my poetry, and I wish for you the same ~ Happy Easter and God bless! 🙏😊

  3. You are a man of many talents, Phil! This is a wonderful poem, and I really enjoyed the video, I have not been to Michigan yet, it looks like a great place to grow up! Happy Easter!

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