Last week I was lucky enough to spend four wonderful days at a lake in northern Wisconsin with my son, daughter-in-law, and her family. Inspired by the beauty surrounding me, and a poem I read recently by Laura Purdie Salas, I decided to write a recipe poem about my visit to Lake Minocqua.
“Recipe for a Perfect Summer Day”
Take one lake filled with calm, clear water,
sun-warmed and sparkling.
Surround it with towering pine trees,
where bald eagles nest and perch.
Fill it with musky and largemouth bass,
walleye and northern pike.
pairs of loons, warbling their mournful cry,
graceful herons, still as statues on the shore,
iridescent dragonflies, darting over the surface.
Mix in families and friends who spend the day:
swimming and kayaking,
biking or hiking;
Top with a campfire,
and gooey, chocolatey s’mores,
under a star-filled sky.
© Catherine Flynn, 2014