Michelle Menting

This Cathedral

         Isle Royale National Park, 2017

where the waves shush agates, 

     where ungulates clip moss,

where falcons smirk from lichen 

     tendrils on lighthouse nests,

where grebes skim the surface—

     race the evening glass of lake—

this you know as consistent

     church: hymn of truth & willowing

hum, the kind you hold full 

     of breath, of heart, this message 

you cup as you bow in prayer.

Recording of This Cathedral by Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting grew up along the woods and waters of northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and earned her MFA at NMU. Her writing appears in many magazines and journals, and she has received awards and honors for her written work from Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and the National Park Service, where she served as artist-in-residence on Isle Royale National Park in 2017 and will return in 2022. She is the author of Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books), and teaches at the University of Southern Maine. More information can be found at michellementing.com

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