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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. Filipa Moreira da Cruz Avatar

    Beautiful Phil! Happy Easter! ☀️🐣

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, dear Filipa ~ much appreciated! Happy Easter! ☀️🐣

  2. Inge David Avatar

    Mooi gedicht en mooie memories! Deze moet je voor altijd koesteren!!! Ik hou ervan!! 👍👌🌹

    1. Inge David Avatar

      Love your Poems very much! Thanks for sharing

      1. Phil Avatar

        You are very kind, sweet lady ~ warm greetings! 💕

  3. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    what a great poem Phil and the coincidence of this amazing song! It’s so lovely and a great pairing to your poem. I’ve always heard great things! 💖💖

    1. Phil Avatar

      You’re a sweetheart, dear Cindy ~ I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thanks very much for your kind words! Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter weekend 🐇💖💖

      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        Oh it’s my pleasure and thank you dear Phil. Thanks sooooo much my friend!💖💖

  4. Annabel Avatar

    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!

    1. Phil Avatar

      You are as sweet as you are lovely, dear Annabel, and I appreciate your kind words ~ thanks very much! ✨😙🌹

      1. Annabel Avatar

        My pleasure and thank you, Phil!🙏👧🥳

  5. House of Heart Avatar

    This is beautiful Phil, love the video too. 🌷🦋

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks very much, dear Holly ~ wishing you and yours a Happy Easter! 🐣🌷🤗

      1. House of Heart Avatar

        Same to you Phil, have a wonderful Easter Day 🐣🦋🌷🤗

        1. Phil Avatar

          TY Holly 😘

  6. walesforevercymru Avatar

    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.

    1. Phil Avatar

      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! 🙏😊

  7. Robin King Avatar

    Oh, those wonderful lakes! Powerful word-images, beautiful photograph!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you dear Robin ~ much appreciated! 🤗🌹

  8. tiffanyarpdaleo Avatar

    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!

    1. Phil Avatar

      As are you, a very talented & kind woman, dear Tiffany ~ thank you! Yes, Michigan (esp. coastal) during fair weather can be very nice, though winter is no laughing matter. Have a great week ahead, my friend! 😎

      1. tiffanyarpdaleo Avatar

        I am pretty sure I would not survive a winter in the snow! 😉

        1. Phil Avatar

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