A Love Poem to Lake Michigan

Emma Anderson is a 13-year-old from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania who visits her great-grandparents’ Upper Peninsula home during summers. During a visit last year, she was inspired to write a poem about the area and the beauty of Lake Michigan specifically. We love what she put together and are excited to share it with you today!

Read from Emma below and see the poem at the bottom of the post.

Max (11), Jonah (5), and me at the top of the Tower of History in Sault St. Marie.

I’m Emma Anderson, a 13 year old homeschooler from Harrisburg, PA. I enjoy reading and writing (especially poetry). I also love learning about places and people all over the world.

My great-grandparents own a cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in a small town called Naubinway. They have vacationed in the “UP” for over 50 years. My dad grew up visiting the cottage every summer, and my parents were engaged there. As for me, I’ve been to Michigan three times, and every time has been better than the last. Even though the trip is about 14 hours long, we all think it’s well worth it!

We have had many interesting experiences in Michigan! That includes stops in Frankenmuth to peruse the many unique shops, shopping in Mackinaw City, bike riding around Mackinac Island in order to eat the best fudge in the world, visiting Sault Ste. Marie to watch the freighters pass through Soo Locks, traveling to Whitefish Point to learn about the Edmund Fitzgerald, seeing the huge bears at Oswald’s Bear Ranch, and many more!

This is the view from my great-grandparents’ cottage-the inspiration for my poem.

But we all agree that the simple things are the best – like driving to Millecoquins Lake to see the deer, eating pasties and Mackinac Island fudge, walking along the beach, fishing (mostly my dad) and just enjoying time together as a family. Michigan is a beautiful place to go to for inspiration, rest, and a change of pace. Every year my great-grandmother leaves a note saying, “Janet will return.” She places it under a penny on her nightstand. And guess what? She DID return again this year at age 93!

My great-grandparents’ cabin looks right out over Lake Michigan, and that was the gorgeous view that inspired me to write “Lake Michigan’s Shore.” I hope through this poem I have captured the rugged beauty of all of Michigan, but especially of its Upper Peninsula.

Lake  Michigan’s Shore
By Emma Anderson
July 7, 2012
Age 12

Sun and sand, sea and sky
Breezes blow, seagulls fly.
On Lake Michigan’s shore stand I.

Waves roll up, and roll back down
Flowy winds swirl around.
The bright blue sky is where clouds abound.

Looking across an expanse of blue
A lovely, panoramic view.
And quiet-the bliss of solitude.

The sun is setting in the West
The waves recede, gone to rest.
The sky’s pink-orange-at its best.

Then there comes a silvery light,
The moon is rising, as if in flight,
Sending a glow upon the night.

The sand turns cold, stars glisten on high.
All is quiet, God is nigh.
On Lake Michigan’s shore stand I.


Thanks to Emma Anderson for sharing with us! Have you ever written about your love of Michigan? Post a link to your story in the comments section below or send us a note about being a guest blogger here.

  • Kym

    Emma, Guest Blogger, WOW! Your poem is beautiful! We are so proud of you and blessed to know you! Love, B, K & N

  • Dan

    Very beautifully written. Reminds me of all my summers spent on the lake in Michigan.

  • http://www.pineneedlesandpapertrails.com Laure Covert

    Wow! This is truly moving, a fitting tribute to a beautiful place and the importance of family heritage. I am so glad you included this guest blogger!

  • Diane Ulcigrai

    perfe’ctly captures my love of Michigan and all its natural beauty. we always called it Gods Country. very impressive for a 13 year old!

  • Ta :)

    Wow! What a beautiful poem of a place that is so special to our family. Thanks for sharing the writing of this talented writer with all of us!

  • Louise

    Nice poem! I thought your photo looked familiar! I grew up in that area! Good job!

  • Pop Pop

    Nanny and I are so proud of you, not only regarding this accomplishment (we know there will be many more) but, for what you have become……an intelligent, talented and beautiful young lady, both inside and out.

  • L Breazeale

    So nice to see kids putting sentimentality in a work like this. Good job kiddo!

  • Tammy

    Dear Emma, I love your poem! Growing up in Michigan and being blessed to have been raised on the shores of Lake Michigan, your poem tugs at my heart strings. Beautifully written!

  • Matt k

    That is awesome, I do not think anyone could have captured the beauty of this lake any better. Great poem keep up the work look forward to reading more from you about this wonderful state and all its beauty.

  • Staci

    Precious Emma. Michigan is precious to me, and I found your poem thus inspired. I could really feel the cooling sand between my toes as the sun set, and see the pink orange skies give way to the silvery moon. Very well done. Keep at it! You are a marvelous writer.

  • Donna

    Emma, I loved your poem:-) I am from Michigan-lower, but still Michigan. I think I fell in love with Lake Michigan the summer I turned sixteen down near Grand Haven, Michigan. I live in Wisconsin now and have only been to Lake Michigan near Manitowak, Wi. The shoreline here is nothing like back home and I don’t want to see the Lake until I can see it from home. You are a talented young lady. Keep writing!

  • Sarah Avery

    Emma, this poem is lovely! It captures perfectly how I feel about the natural areas of Michigan’s Big Lakes. Thanks for sharing it.

  • JO ANN

    Beautiful poem. Keep up the good work. Lake Michigan is probably my favorite great lake with Lake Superior next. I grew up going “up north”, we always said it had to be north of Clare. This represents a feeling as well as a destination in my mind. Many fond memories and now I have a place “up north”. We have a beautiful state and now others are hearing about it through Tim Allen’s commercials.

  • Lynn

    You captured the pictures in my mind from the many trips around Michigan. Beautifully written!

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  • Cherie

    Emma, your poem reminded me of my many memories on Lake Michigan. We have been vacationing at Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club for about 50 years! Lake Millecoquin feels like home to me and your poem captures those memories! You are an excellent story teller, keep up the good work.