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Breaking Frozen Clatter
Marilyn Zelke Windau


click, click
clink, clink
tinkle and roar

Lake Michigan is playing
its tympani this morning,
chipping up ice flows.

Wave foam shoos
sound shapes to shore.

© by Marilyn Zelke Windau.
Used with the authorís permission.

Marilyn Zelke Windau, of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, started writing poems at age thirteen. A former art teacher, she has published five books: Adventures in Paradise, Momentary Ordinary, Owning Shadows, Hiccups Haunt Wilson Avenue, and Beneath The Southern Crux, and her award-winning work can be found in many journals and anthologies. Marilyn includes her maiden name to honor her father, who was also a writer. When she's not writing, Marilyn works at restoring her 1891 house and creates mosaics, paintings, and books made with tea papers. A Master Gardener volunteer and an art center docent, she is married to a retired environmental engineer, has three daughters, and three grandchildren.


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Creative piece with lively words
Posted 12/06/2022 09:47 PM
Time for a drive to the Lake! Lovely poem, Marilyn. ~ Doris Bezio
Posted 12/06/2022 01:14 PM
Great alliteration!
Posted 12/06/2022 12:23 PM
I have not been near Lake Michigan in the winter but I can imagine the sight and the sounds in this poem. Very well written!
Posted 12/06/2022 12:21 PM
Lori Levy:
The second stanza could stand aloneI can see it clearly. Beautiful.
Posted 12/06/2022 11:40 AM
A timpani symphony!
Posted 12/06/2022 09:23 AM
Wilda Morris:
Wonderful sound poem!
Posted 12/06/2022 08:43 AM
Darrell Arnold:
I have personally witnessed the amazing chrystal-like chiming of ice shards as they rise and fall with the waves along the shore of a lake. It's a magical natural world out there. I hold great sorrow for those who never get to experience it. Thank you, Marilyn.
Posted 12/06/2022 08:22 AM
Good morning,Lake Michigan! Thanks for giving us its sounds while we stay warm inside.
Posted 12/06/2022 07:51 AM
Fun! And good to hear your voice.
Posted 12/06/2022 05:51 AM

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