Literary Hook: Relishing nature’s treasures

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

As summer draws to an end, we relish the time we spent vacationing. Many people from this area spend time in Wisconsin at summer cottages during the summer. Here is a haiku sequence by Bill Zartman that focuses on nature’s treasures at the lake and northwoods.

Bill Zartman is retired and is busy doing all the things he wishes he had done earlier. He and his wife live in Rockford and visit their new grandson in Chicago as often as possible. He exercises at the Y, plays the violin, and escapes now and then to northern Wisconsin. He also participates in the Tuesday Writers’ Group. If you like Wisconsin, you’ll enjoy this poem.


Lake and Sky

As gentle waves lap—

An Armada of white clouds

Sails on a blue sea.

Man and Fish

For his proud captor—

A fish dangles from the hook

With bewildered eyes.

Eagle and Duck

A fierce eagle soars—

And dives as mother duck cries

Loud and long in vain.

Light and Dark

At night the great storm

Steals light from our house and then

The dark woods comes in.

Dawn and Deer

In the cool dawn mist,

Deer run and leap in the grass—

A new day begins.

Christine Swanberg has published about 300 poems in 70 journals and anthologies. An interview with her appears in the 2008 Poet’s Market. She is available for mentoring through Jane’s Stories Foundation. Part of her mentoring is suggesting possible journals. Her books include Who Walks Among the Trees with Charity (Wind Publishing, Kentucky), The Red Lacquer Room (Chiron Publishing, Kansas), The Tenderness of Memory (Plainview Press, Texas), Slow Miracle (Lakeshore Publishing, Illinois), Invisible String (Erie St., Illinois), Bread Upon the Waters (Windfall, Wisconsin) and Tonight on this Late Road (Erie St., Illinois). She teaches writing at The Clearing in Door County, Wisconsin, and gives workshops and readings thoughout the United States.

From the Sept. 22-28, 2010 issue

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