Three Poems by Erik Tungate…

Three Poems by Erik Tungate (Greenhouse Effect, Spring, Oh Michigan)

(Eric Tungate, from Signposts and Constellations, June 1, 2016)

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each discovery is a view of the self

each movement is a sign of change

each is every and every is all

the girls return to the summer ball

the trend is catching and moving along

a mood is showing and making a heavy song

the nights are shorter because we stayed awake

the sun is dead but it’s become easy to fake



the places in the sun

the coming of dawn

the march of spring

the desert high ground

the mountain reserve

these are the things that you deserve

these are the dreams of a man-made head

these are the ways to bring the new dead


oh, Michigan

I could tell a tale

oh, Michigan

your summer trees and winter freeze

oh, Michigan

I could plant a seed

oh, Michigan

I could swim near your shores

oh, Michigan

your shiny coves and blue repose

oh, Michigan

I could paint your skies

oh, Michigan

I could dream all day

oh, Michigan

to dock in port

in old Detroit

oh, Michigan

oh, Michigan

how I love thee


About the Author

Erik Tungate was born in Kalamazoo, MI, in 1975, and attended Western Michigan University (BA) and Wayne State University (MBA). He has a daughter named Vivian Emerson Awad-Tungate to whom this book is dedicated. This is his first published work highlighting poems and songs written over several years near the turn of the 21st Century.  (He’s also the City Manager of Oak Park)

About the Book

Told from the perspective of Generation X, this thought-inspiring book of songs and poetry displays a distinct view of American life at the turn of the 21st century.  It explores issues of war, love, and hope in an ever-changing urban environment centered around the City of Detroit.

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