The Boundary Waters

by Suez Jacobson


Howie WolkeA long wait – almost 50 years – to learn

How deeply and completely

The wild magic of the Boundary Waters

Could burrow.

A self-identified mountain girl

Lost to still, flat black water

Contained by granite outcroppings

Layered in midnight green pines

Topped with iridescent spring birches.

 

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In a place of pure stillness.

 

A quiet a city dweller doesn’t know

And a peak bagger doesn’t experience. 

 

Savoring the indelible memory of

The night’s all-consuming darkness

Its lavish gift of stars,

The raucous cacophony of loons.

 

The fog and the suns

One in the sky

Another in the glassy flat water.

Silent contentment,

Gratitude,

Wild hope.


Boundary Waters S Jacobson


Suez, a member of the Board for Great Old Broads for Wilderness, is the executive producer and writer for the film "Wild Hope"—wildhopefilm.com. She is also professor emerita from Regis University in Denver.

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Comments 31

Guest - Ken Martin on Tuesday, 29 June 2021 16:32

Great News!!!

Great News!!!
Guest - William Hilliker on Wednesday, 02 June 2021 19:11

I wish there were some pictures to accompany the Boundary Waters post. I've wanted to go there for about 50 years.

I wish there were some pictures to accompany the Boundary Waters post. I've wanted to go there for about 50 years.
Guest - Mary Townsend on Monday, 31 May 2021 09:45

I could feel the silence as I read this. It reminds me of a trip my family took to a national forest several years ago. We stopped the car, turned off the engine, and listened to complete silence. The beauty of it stays in my heart. We must protect it and share it with future generations.

I could feel the silence as I read this. It reminds me of a trip my family took to a national forest several years ago. We stopped the car, turned off the engine, and listened to complete silence. The beauty of it stays in my heart. We must protect it and share it with future generations.
Guest - Gret Rowe on Sunday, 30 May 2021 08:25

Lovely. Well put. True.

Lovely. Well put. True.

Suez, thank you for this fine strong poem, for its stark honesty, as it evokes the Boundary Waters region and your opening to it, gift-by-gift. You have given us the privilege of accompanying you on your journey. Carolyn Foote Edelmann, Lawrenceville NJ

Suez, thank you for this fine strong poem, for its stark honesty, as it evokes the Boundary Waters region and your opening to it, gift-by-gift. You have given us the privilege of accompanying you on your journey. Carolyn Foote Edelmann, Lawrenceville NJ
Guest - Thomas H Small on Friday, 28 May 2021 11:24

I believe Boundary Waters should be protected for all future generations of humans to enjoy with their families.

I believe Boundary Waters should be protected for all future generations of humans to enjoy with their families.
Guest - Rev James F Novotny on Friday, 28 May 2021 09:25

Although it has been a few years since my last trip to the Boundary Waters, I took many Boy Scouts and others to the BWCA. It is a place of peace and quiet and beauty. Even the bears added majesty to that place. Thank you Suez for the reminder.

Although it has been a few years since my last trip to the Boundary Waters, I took many Boy Scouts and others to the BWCA. It is a place of peace and quiet and beauty. Even the bears added majesty to that place. Thank you Suez for the reminder.
Guest - Callie Wilis on Friday, 28 May 2021 06:03

from one old broad to another - Thank-you Suez for such a wonderful expression of such a beautiful untouched piece of Wilderness! I,ve never been to The Boundary Waters but you transported me right there and added to my ever growing appreciation of Wilderness and Nature!

from one old broad to another - Thank-you Suez for such a wonderful expression of such a beautiful untouched piece of Wilderness! I,ve never been to The Boundary Waters but you transported me right there and added to my ever growing appreciation of Wilderness and Nature!
Guest - John Koehler on Thursday, 27 May 2021 19:44

And now local politicians of both parties who don't remember the Reserve Mining Fiasco are falling all over themselves to get a copper/nickel mine just upwind and downstream of this beautiful place. The prospective miner is a subsidiary of a Chilean megacorporation, so a convenient bankruptcy is likely to end any claims for harm done. Only the federal EPA seems to be looking at the long-term consequences.

And now local politicians of both parties who don't remember the Reserve Mining Fiasco are falling all over themselves to get a copper/nickel mine just upwind and downstream of this beautiful place. The prospective miner is a subsidiary of a Chilean megacorporation, so a convenient bankruptcy is likely to end any claims for harm done. Only the federal EPA seems to be looking at the long-term consequences.
Guest - Anne Dal Vera on Thursday, 27 May 2021 19:18

Suez, I love this poem! It captures so well the magic of the Boundary Waters that you and I both love! Thank you so much for your wild spirit.

Suez, I love this poem! It captures so well the magic of the Boundary Waters that you and I both love! Thank you so much for your wild spirit.
Guest - Wendy Balder on Thursday, 27 May 2021 18:55

What a lovely poem Suez. Thank you. I, too, felt I had to go there. At my age, fixed income, I don’t know if that I will ever get to see such a place. Still, what’s most important to me is that the Wilderness be there, whether or not I will ever get to see and enjoy it. That the Wilderness and its inhabitants be left alone. That the Wilderness Just Be.

What a lovely poem Suez. Thank you. I, too, felt I had to go there. At my age, fixed income, I don’t know if that I will ever get to see such a place. Still, what’s most important to me is that the Wilderness be there, whether or not I will ever get to see and enjoy it. That the Wilderness and its inhabitants be left alone. That the Wilderness Just Be.
Guest - Dave Miller on Thursday, 27 May 2021 17:42

Suez, your words touched me. They transported me to the place you wished me to visit, no vehicle required. Thank you for expressing your beautiful observations so eloquently!

Suez, your words touched me. They transported me to the place you wished me to visit, no vehicle required. Thank you for expressing your beautiful observations so eloquently!
Guest - Kathy S. on Thursday, 27 May 2021 17:26

What a beautifully serene and delightful sense of peace the pictured words brought to me. Thank you for sharing this with us

What a beautifully serene and delightful sense of peace the pictured words brought to me. Thank you for sharing this with us:)
Guest - Nançi Cox on Thursday, 27 May 2021 16:45

Thank you Suez.

Thank you Suez.
Guest - Bonnie on Thursday, 27 May 2021 15:14

We can all use more poetry in our lives ... and the the Land/Waters/Lakes all deserves lots of poetry...not enough can be said for these Treasured places on Earth. Thank You and keep it up!

We can all use more poetry in our lives ... and the the Land/Waters/Lakes all deserves lots of poetry...not enough can be said for these Treasured places on Earth. Thank You and keep it up!
Guest - Kristin Vyhnal on Thursday, 27 May 2021 14:43

Thank you Suez! Right now I'm 41 and I'm still a climber peak bagger. But I like watching the birds forage and court, and I look forward knowing that when my knees can't go as hard as I wish that I can still be a great old broad and canoe and kayak in beautiful places.

Thank you Suez! Right now I'm 41 and I'm still a climber peak bagger. But I like watching the birds forage and court, and I look forward knowing that when my knees can't go as hard as I wish that I can still be a great old broad and canoe and kayak in beautiful places.
Guest - Lisa D. Swinton on Thursday, 27 May 2021 13:48

Beautiful! Makes it all come alive feels like I'm actually there.

Beautiful! Makes it all come alive feels like I'm actually there.
Guest - Steven Gary on Thursday, 27 May 2021 13:33

Suez,. I appreciate the sense of Atonement with the spacious environment. I could feel your experience in my heart and my soul's acknowledgement as reality. Joy joy joy.

Suez,. I appreciate the sense of Atonement with the spacious environment. I could feel your experience in my heart and my soul's acknowledgement as reality. Joy joy joy.
Guest - Timothy Andrew Spong on Thursday, 27 May 2021 13:24

Good on you, Suez Jacobson!

Good on you, Suez Jacobson!
Guest - Deb A Denbow on Thursday, 27 May 2021 13:24

So beautiful. I like you "great old broad"!

So beautiful. I like you "great old broad"!
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