Thursday, August 2, 2012

Poets United #108 "Petoskey, Michigan"

My four year old son walking with his grandparents
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Petoskey, Michigan

True North is a moral compass
quivering towards integrity,
compassion, responsibility, forgiveness,

but it is also a place truly north
to which we gravitate each summer,
walk hand in hand with those we love,

where concerns are washed away,
our mind's pathways swept clean
by sky, wind, earth, and sea,

where Northern Lights can be seen,
wished upon.  Where splendor ignites within
and our inner selves find authenticity.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, August 2, 2012

My daughter with one of her best friends
This is for Poets United #108 - Theme compass.

My daughter walking the shoreline of Lake Michigan

21 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Margaret, your poem is beautiful. But your photographs are simply STUNNING. It is a total feast in here! Lovely lovely lovely.

aprille said...

Such joyous photos and I like the quivering needle wavering between those desirable states of mind.

Eric (Bubba) Alder said...

Did ya find any Petoskey stones? ☺

J.lynn Sheridan said...

This is gorgeous and your art as well!

Mary said...

Margaret, your children will always remember the Michigan summers...and your photographs and poetry will help. They are very lucky to have you to help preserve memories as you do.

Serena said...

Lovely photographs, absolutely stunning... and then the poem adds to it... I love "quivering towards integrity"

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

This is such a beautiful poem and very demonstrative photos. It simply proves that a change in direction can be very rewarding.

Eileen

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Said with elegance and love. A pleasure to read.

Susie Clevenger said...

The beauty of your photography and words is so captivating. Marvelous work!

Dave King said...

Great poem, great images. A most enjoyable post, for which much thanks.

rch said...

Very beautiful pictures everywhere and a deeply penetrating poem as well, really love that 3rd verse.

Old Ollie said...

heading out to my true north today - enjoyed your poem.

izzy said...

My hubby and I are over due for a vacation- I would love to have time
such as you describe with my family
However Iam sadly done chasing that dream... Thanks for visiting!

SaraV said...

Margaret, your photos are amazing!! And I love the way that you wove the true north with the true joy of your vacations. I can relate only with a tropical view:-)

Paul Andrew Russell said...

Lovely words and beautiful photographs!

RMP said...

true north sounds and looks so wonderful. the first one you described can be tricky at times, but truely worth its weight in gold. the second north makes me feel like it might be time for a vacation.

Margaret said...

No Petoskey stones were found this year (after a storm is the best time and before the tourists get out there). I do love the North, but the winters.... well, North Carolina is the "north" I enjoy then! :)

Ella said...

I live in your north ;D My north was brutal cold and snow(Maine)...

Wonderful to read and your photos provide the joy to match your words~
I enJOYed your take on the prompt!
So fun to hear your voice~

Ginnie said...

I am suddenly very homesick! At least I'll be in Michigan in 3 weeks for Ruth's son's wedding! I can hardly wait.

Beverly said...

I came by from Texture Tuesday for School Days and I noticed your page of Petosky photos, and had to stop by for a look! My husband and I are heading to Charlevoix this Sunday, and I can't wait to get back Up North! We'll go to Petosky and eat breakfast at the Perry Hotel - LOVE! Love you photos and poetry!

Margaret said...

Thank you, Beverly! I hope you take some photos and share them on your blog. The colors might be starting to change. Come and let me know if you take some... my eyes could use a "fix" of Up North!