Sunday, October 25, 2009
A Tale of Arcadie
Poet's Corner - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (My Favorite Poet)
Where is the thatch-roofed village, the home of Acadian farmers --
Men whose lives glided on like rivers that water the woodlands,
Darkened by shadows of earth, but reflecting an image of heaven?
Longfellow's"Song of Hiawatha" provided the name for the Hiawatha National Forest, which touches the shores of Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron.
By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
Stood the wigwam of Nokomis,
Daughter of the Moon, Nokomis.
Dark behind it rose the forest,
Rose the black and gloomy pine-trees,
Rose the firs with cones upon them;
Bright before it beat the water,
Beat the clear and sunny water,
Beat the shining Big-Sea-Water.