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  The Gitchee Gumee Calls
by Mr. Ed
Saturday, August 15, 2009
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“By the shores of Gitchee Gumee,

By the shining Big-Sea-Water,

Stood the Wigwam of Nokomis,

Daughter of the Moon.”


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,

From The Song of Hiawatha



Every year, just about this time

I get a yearning, deep in my soul

To head out to the Gitchee Gumee

Since childhood, I have loved it so


I love walking its rocky shores

I love watching the fog roll in

I love gazing into its vastness

So very much history lies within


Maybe, I’ll visit an historic old lighthouse

Or perhaps, the old Maritime Museum

Maybe, I’ll head up to Whitefish Point

And watch the Fall Bird Migration begin


Maybe, I’ll wander old Hiawatha National Forest

Maybe, I’ll camp under a pine and gaze at the moon

Maybe, I’ll cruise along its rocky shoreline in a boat

And if I am lucky, I will once again, get to hear a loon


The vast old Shipwreck Coast is a favorite destination of mine

Over 300 ships have met their fate here on old Gitchee Gumee

And every time I listen to ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’

A vision of those 29 courageous men fighting a storm envelops me


And each and every time that I head up to the Big-Sea-Water

I take along an old tattered and torn copy of Longfellow’s tale

And when the gods are smiling down on me, on a moonlit night

I can sometimes see Hiawatha, Nokomis, or an old ghost ship’s sail


Every year, just about this time,

I get a yearning, deep in my soul,

To head out to the Gitchee Gumee,

Since childhood, I have loved it so.



-See You All, When I Return-



©2009, Mr. Ed


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Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 8/22/2009
An amazing poem Ed. You take me there . I 'd love to see and expierence the feelings that must be abound in that area. Your poem does it great justice ! I know the poem and song mentioned!....M
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 8/21/2009
this song always invokes strong emotion in me-and-your write is lovely-i can almost see and hear the fog rolling in.
Reviewed by ~ H (Reader) 8/18/2009
Beautiful Ed, thank you for the journey, love Holly
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/17/2009
Godspeed, Dad, and may you return refreshed and revitalised with many more spine-tingling yarns and info to convey to us. Stay safe and well! And... LUCKY DUCKY!!! :)) xx
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/17/2009
Enjoy the trip and thanks for taking us on it :-)
Reviewed by Lori Moore 8/16/2009
Sounds like a wonderful trip.
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 8/16/2009
A wonderful journey for refueling one's spirit, Ed. May it be safe and
more rewarding than you expect.
Ok...through your prompting, it's time for all of us to reread
"The Song of Hiawatha" :o)
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 8/16/2009
An' now he's gonna away again, Ma should be so lucky, hope Mean Tall Woman make you sleep outside to teach you a manner's lesson and don't left yer brother on a stick!

EDvard, Ole Brother

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/15/2009
Oh Ed, have a most rewarding journey and stay safe...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/15/2009
bro pee wee you sure do get around, and i sure wish i could too, but i know when you return i'll be able to read all about it just as if i was there. so have a great time,and be back soon!sis tiger lily...
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 8/15/2009
Thank you for the memory, I can picture where I stood the day I really listened to that song for the first time. LadyJ
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 8/15/2009
Yes indeed what a romantic you are, Monlight and Hiawatha, enrich your soul my friend, have a great time! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 8/15/2009
Enjoy! No skinny dipping though. I've been in Superior having grown up in Michigan. That lake NEVER warms up. Patick
Reviewed by JMS Bell 8/15/2009
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 8/15/2009
I hope you have a wonderful trip, Ed!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 8/15/2009
...such an inviting warmth to this Ed...Have a great time!!!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/15/2009
You travel more than anyone I know! Must be nice! *sighhhh* Have fun and stay safe; we'll miss you! Well done, Ed!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/15/2009
Have a safe trip, Ed, and know we're awaiting your return - a beautiful poem!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/15/2009
You always make me want to travel along. Beautiful poem Ed.
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