state natural area poems #19: bailey’s harbor boreal forest and wetlands


berms and hills

tumbling moss

forest going to sleep


sprays of birch

over upright apes

gold in the air


you push thru pines your height

and thimble berry dense

young in the boreal forest


birch leaves radiant, frogs

and mushroom gills spread

moss mats thick on the ground

bailey’s harbor boreal forest and wetlands is exactly what it sounds like! a fantastic and barebones trail thru the woods with extensive bryophytes and currently-blazing fall colors. a newer section goes along the lakeshore. thanks to the wisconsin dnr for caring for this site!

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