Mike Finley

Rookie (July 4,1950 / Flint, Michigan)

The Sugar House


The sugar house is shutting down,
You can hear the babies cry.
Their cheeks crumpling in the sun,
Hush little children goodbye.

Time to lock the summer house
And bed the waterlines with straw.
Winter wants its solitude
And double-bolted doors.

Submitted: Monday, October 02, 2006
Edited: Thursday, October 07, 2010

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Chuck Audette (11/21/2007 12:43:00 PM)

    Seems like a years worth of images in very few lines, starting with the sugar house (in the spring, if it is running) . Nice rhymes. -chuck (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Esther Leclerc (10/2/2006 11:44:00 AM)

    Mike, for a sweet lady, this... Yes, welcome back! Esther (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Scarlett Treat (10/2/2006 11:19:00 AM)

    This is Scarlett, the squirrel, who was busy storing up the beautiful fall days, because I felt winter approaching..Thank you dearest Mike for this lovely 'nut' to put in my basket. It will definately go in MY treasure box. Charming, absolutely charming. I am Honored....Thanks, friend! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marilyn Shepperson (10/2/2006 10:07:00 AM)

    Made me think of the cafe on the prom here; If it didn't shut in winter, the sea would be inside. Great poem Marilyn (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 150 Points Poetry Hound (10/2/2006 10:01:00 AM)

    Nice and rhythmic. Stong opening line. Not sure if the poem is symbolic of something else, but it's nice as a straightforward poem. Welcome back, Mike. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,860 Points john tiong chunghoo (10/2/2006 9:55:00 AM)

    dear mike,
    i like the impressive line;
    winter wants its solitude. (Report) Reply

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