Literary Hook: ‘At Cana Cove’: Life in Door County, Wisconsin

Christine Swanberg
Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

At Cana Cove

Door Country, Wisconsin

Today, the May sun surprises

like a long-distance phone call

from a friend gone too long,

and all day the lady fingers

of Lake Michigan massage the rocks.

mergansers ride the waves

off Cana Island Lighthouse,

that bright white beacon beckoning

me back year after year.


at dusk, I walked the cove again,

a private ritual of silence sliced

by a gull’s cry,

and lullaby of lapping waves.

A fox came

jogging along road shoulders,

stopping beneath a pine

its ears perk up, its fur glistening

in the Nordic moon rising

from that softest pink horizon

we connoisseurs of dusk

know is strictly Door.

Then a buck

drinking from the lake, his hooves

a shadow on precarious rocks,

So vulnerable. So bold.

First published in The Tenderness of Memory, Plainview Press, Austin, Texas, 1995. Republished in Wisconsin Poets Calendar 2009 and The Avocet, 2014.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

From the April 30-May 6, 2014, issue

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