Michigan celebrated her birthday this week, having been admitted to the Union as the 26th state on January 26, 1837. To celebrate, I am posting two poems about this place I love and call home. Michigan isn’t perfect – I haven’t seen the sun in two weeks, and then there’s March – but we have The Great Lakes and autumn (my wife would say spring). Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice.
THE MIGHTY MAC A Michigan Poem Good enough and excellent are not the same, tho’ some never look hard enough to see the difference. Good enough is a car ferry, but you'll wait days during hunting season and can't cross during storms or when ice clogs the Straits. Excellent is the world's most beautiful suspension bridge, five miles long and five lanes wide. In bridges, in life, in love.
THE FARMER’S YARD A gentle Michigan wind dances over the farmer's yard, giving me pause as I climb high up into my Chevy truck and balance this week's bounty - beets, bacon, a bunch of kale - on the passenger seat. Soon my ears will sting, my breath announce the season's change, but today barnyard birds proclaim summer's plenty and I would live nowhere but among these peninsulas. (written after visiting Emma Acres Farm, on Waters Rd west of Ann Arbor)
Farm photos are courtesy of Emma Acres Farm. Do yourself a favor and follow them on Facebook. Farmer Mark’s posts are informative and fun. You can request to be on his email list to be kept informed of when he’s open to the public – usually Saturday or Sunday afternoon – and what he has available for sale. His offerings include pasture-raised meats and the best eggs in the world. In season, Emma Acres also offers ‘beyond organic’ vegetables.
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Joseph Neely, all rights to original material reserved