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Mike Orlock


Spring this year (thank God) has sprung
unsung in a variety
of sizes: like new things that pop
up on the shelves (unannounced)
of your local grocery:

Single serving Spring perfect for
gray February, when you
need that one day to wash winter
from your car, your shoes, your life;

Bonus-portioned family-sized
Spring, boxed and completely re-usable,
for those miserable weeks in
March when the school calendar
says Spring and your kids do, too,
but the closest you’ll get to Florida
sunshine pours out of a carton
you found on sale in aisle three.

If only the good folks at
Mother Nature Incorporated
could invent travel-sized Spring
for the wallet or purse, or even
smaller (like Lifesavers)
wrapped-in-cellophane Spring—
You could carry them In your pocket,
slide one under your tongue for
when you need it most—

Wait for that glorious jolt
of new Spring to sing like daffodils
every time you open your mouth.

From You Can Get Here From There ( (Lulu Publishing, 2019).
Used here with permission.

Mike Orlock is a retired high school English and American History teacher who divides his time between the Chicago suburbs and a vacation home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He has been married for 49 years to his high school sweetheart and inspiration, Liz, and greatly enjoys being grandfather to five beautiful granddaughters who keep him, he says, "jumping like a frog on a hot skillet." Mike's short stories, poems, and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications and he was Poet Laureate of Door County, Wisconsin from 2021 - 2023. Mike's latest book is Toes, Toads, Tulips & Turtles, released in fall of 2023.


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Very creative, entertaining, and appealing!
Posted 02/29/2024 12:32 AM
Wilda Morris:
Ah, yes! You say it well!
Posted 02/28/2024 02:38 PM
Lori Levy:
Great ideas. Very original.
Posted 02/28/2024 12:11 PM
No wonder you always write such beautiful and charged poetry--with that adoring audience of five lovely granddaughters! I can't help but wonder if one or two of them helped you with the book cover of Poetry by Mike Orlock!
Posted 02/28/2024 11:50 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I loved this delightful charming poem from the title to the last line. I am a Mike Orlock fan because of his fresh imagery and ideas: Mother Nature Incorporated and single serving, bonus size, travel size spring.
Posted 02/28/2024 10:48 AM
I love calling that unexpected warm day that surprises us in February..." a Single Serving Spring" !!!
Posted 02/28/2024 10:25 AM
michael escoubas:
Thank you, Mike, so like the poems we have come to expect from you: Unique and original.
Posted 02/28/2024 09:15 AM
Angela Hoffman:
Posted 02/28/2024 09:00 AM
Larry Schug:
Right on, Mike!
Posted 02/28/2024 07:29 AM
Wonderful! Youve captured the mood of February to March perfectly. And those Lifesavers, please send them my way!
Posted 02/28/2024 06:41 AM

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