Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sunday Walk at Rosy Mound


Sunday Walk at Rosy Mound

In the dunes I spied wildflowers—
Dutchman’s breeches small white delicate
flowers shivering in the wind
Amid frilly green leaves
Under  tall white pines.  I saw them.

A north wind blew that Sunday so
I did not climb the high dunes to the beach--
Happy to be among patches of wildflowers
along the wooded dunes.

                                                                                 --Barbara Spring

Monday, May 4, 2015

In the Cool Dunes

In the Cool Dunes

Gifts of the west wind and the glaciers
cool dunes rise above the windy beach.

For thousands of years the dunes
grew tall and then the sand began to sing.

The sand sang of quartz from Wisconsin
and of ice mountains grinding
through, of Lake Michigan currents
and November winds that blew.

Quartz and hematite granules sang
as young girls wove garlands of wildflowers
from the wooded dunes:
bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, hepatica,
trillium, violets and Pitcher’s thistle.

They played in dappled shadows under
sassafras, witch hazel and choke cherry trees.

Bewitched, young boys carved their names
beside names of the girls they loved
in the smooth gray bark of beech trees
while silent deer and young wood ducks watched
in the cool dunes.
                                                         --Barbara Spring

excerpt from Sophia's Lost and Found: Poems of Above and Below

Beech Trees

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Earth Day is April 22 2015

Think globally, act locally.  This is the way to help our Mother the Earth.  Go to your local city council to persuade them to make good changes.  That is what I did and we got a new municipal wastewater treatment plant.  

Then after reading Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, Norm Spring went to the city council and pesuaded them to stop spraying elms in the park in front of our house with DDT.  It took three years of attending city council meetings and then the city of Grand Haven finally stopped the DDT program that was killing birds, and building up the food chains in the Great Lakes near where we live.  

We along with others formed the Michigan Pesticides Council and then DDT and like pesticides were banned in Michigan.  Then in the U.S.  Then in Canada.  He was recently honored for this work by the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.

Norm Spring was instrumental in getting  an air pollution ordinance passed and saving  sand dunes in their natural state across the Grand River in Ferrysburg, Michigan.  All these things were done through the democratic process and done with the idea that we must keep the environment viable for now and for our children and the generations to come.

Encouraged by thinking globally and acting locally, I wrote The Dynamic Great Lakes. The book shows how the eagles returned to the shores of the Great Lakes after nearly being wiped out by DDT.  It shows that some bad government policies can be reversed with will and determination by ordinary people like us.

Think of what you could do by thinking globally and acting locally.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Making a Poem Is a Journey Inward

Making a Poem is a Journey Inward

It takes a great deal of inner work to make a poem. It may start with a sudden understanding of a dream, of a color or symbol. It may take years to gain an insight that your unconscious already understands. Making a poem makes the insight conscious. What was in darkness is brought into the light so it can be seen.

Then the raw poem must be crafted into a form through rhythm and sound.  The meaning works through what sound and rhythm suggest.

Barbara Spring's Amazon page  Please click the link for more info.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Malala's Father and How She Was Raised

How to Raise A Daughter  click the link

We have two daughters and their father raised them to be leaders.  They are strong young women and they are raising their daughters to be the same.  Fortunately, we are not living in a society that is as repressive to women as the Middle East and some parts of Africa.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The dynamic Great Lakes (Book, 2001) [WorldCat.org]

The dynamic Great Lakes (Book, 2001) [WorldCat.org]

Rainbow Runner, Moon Fish From the Gulf of Mexico

I saw moon fish at the Marine Research Center in Port Aransas, Texas.  They stared at me through the aquarium glass then as one thought, theyall turned like the flip of silver coins.  They are more silver than the moon.  I think they should be called mercurial fish.  They are very thin when seen head on.  I thought they were fascinating to watch.