state natural area poems #39: peat lake a & b

brilliant ochre plumes

ride beneath oak, walnut

peat deepens under sun


small flowage

over peat and stone—

starlings, no cranes

peat lake is a very shallow lake with a mucky bottom, with sedge meadow and cattail marsh stretches. lots of birds, not many fish. a delightful walk all around. and the lichen growing on the iron bar of the gate near the wildlife refuge area was stunning.

this site and the chiwaukee prairie were our first s.n.a.’s in kenosha county—two more to go! thanks to the wisconsin dnr for preserving this site.

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