I am grateful to Mohamad for inviting me to be a guest author on his blog. I will be writing more than one post, for I have a lot to share in the “Around the World” category. I will be focusing on one of the two states where I have lived in America: Michigan and California.
Knowing Michigan (mIH-shih-guhn) the best, I will begin with a poem I created. If you are not familiar with Michigan, you are in for quite a treat, for it is the only state in America, of its kind.
Welcome to Michigan
a poem for the renagain original collection
Michigan has two pieces of land
Miles of beaches and lots of sand
Four Great Lakes surround them, you see
Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie
Which creates peninsulas of both lands
Connected by a bridge, made by hands
So GREAT are the Lakes, they are actually SEAS
Salt free, very deep and full of fishies
The Mackinac Bridge connects the two
At five miles long, you get quite a view
It was envisioned in the late 1800’s
After much thought and several blunders
By 1957, “Big Mac” was done
Driving across is lots of fun
Mackinac is a word that’s unique, it’s true
Not many can pronounce it, how ’bout you?
The “c” at the end, sounds like “aw”
This is how you say it, Mack-i-naw!
I was born, raised and lived in Michigan for the first 50+ years of my life. Oh, let me tell you, it is a beautiful state, with acres upon acres of wooded forests. The further north, the older and more majestic the trees become. It is said, Michigan’s native land (hundreds of years ago) was so dense with woods, you could not see the sun. And then certain ‘people’ came and virtually raped the land. Timber was a huge industry in the 1800’s forward.
Michigan has all four seasons, with winter being the longest and harshest of them all. Sub freezing temps, gusting and blowing snow-filled winds can sometimes freeze the Great Lakes. When the Lakes freeze over, then Michigan is in for a horrendous winters end, for the open waters actually protect the state from the Canadian arctic above.
Spring is very heartwarming as you witness life coming forth from the once frozen land. The birds return and fill the air with their songs. The longer days bring more sun which thaws the earth so crops can be planted.
Summer is lots of fun in the sun, on the beach, in the waters. There are also many lakes, rivers and waterfalls within the state. Swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, art shows, farmer markets, beer fests; you name it, there is always something happening somewhere in Michigan.
The Autumn colors are beyond spectacular. People come from around the world to experience the Fall colors of Michigan. The Upper Peninsula being the grandest of all. I could go on and on and I will, at another time….
Thank you for reading along.