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