The lake stirs above and roils below,
with stories and secrets no one can know.
The unknown lies in dark abyss,
a deadly risk one can’t dismiss.
Adventures lived, some dreams are lost,
the price of life a higher cost.
Stories, fables, and legends unfold;
history is written as tales are told.

~McGuffy Ann Morris
I am sharing this post with Two Spoiled Cats, for Poetry Thursday. They offered the (above) photo prompt of the sailing vessel.

I have spent most of my life in the Great Lakes region. The history of the Great Lakes and its people is deep and rich. One of the most recent Great Lakes ruins discovered were from an 1803 Great Lakes shipwreck These ruins were found in Lake Ontario. The sloop Washington was built in America, but Canadian owned.

Shipping between the United States and Canada is an important part of the Great Lakes history. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, located at Whitefish Point, Michigan, pays tribute to these lost ships and their crews. In particular, the ruins of the Edmund Fitzgerald are featured there. 

The Edmund Fitzgerald has also been memorialized by Canadian troubador Gordon Lightfoot. The Mighty Fitz, hauling iron ore, went down on Lake Superior in 1974. The song was released a year later.

19 thoughts on “Lore

  1. What a wonderful poem and it SOOOOO totally fits that photo from Angel Sammy. We thought there would be a lot of great poems inspired by this photo – the Great Lakes hold a history of fabulous tales indeed and the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald is perhaps one of the better known ones. Thanks for joining in our Thursday poetry fun………..!

    Hugs, Teddy and Mom Pam

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  2. A great poem that tugs at the heart for all those who are missing or lost their lives at sea. Very poignant and you did a great job of matching the poem to the photo.

    Being a part-time rug hooker, I can’t help but wonder how I would hook those magnificent waves in a rug…
    Hugs, Julia

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  3. Annie,

    You are the poet! I didn’t realize that this ship sank in a not-so-distant past. The song has such period feeling that I thought for sure it was telling a tale from long, long ago. How interesting. Thanks for sharing. I snag the fill-ins and will have mine up tomorrow. 😉

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  4. Lovely poem! I remember once singing that song at a get together with my SO’s gorgeous cousin on guitar. ~grin~ Thanks for that surreal memory. ~hugs~ Be well!

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  5. Excellent poem, I am glad you decided to join in the poetry fun on Thursday. I have never been to your part of the country so I didn’t know about the museum and history of the area. I do know the song though. XO

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  6. You are the poet and we all know it. You do these so very well.

    I’m a boater and I’ve been in some very rough water. I have great respect for the sea. The song is ever so sad.

    Have a fabulous day, Annie. ♥


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