Polar Vortex Pioneers
by James Schwartz

Here in Michigan we are pioneers,
Detroit daughters of a revolution.

Small town streets are still named,
For Lafayette.

The great blizzard of ’78 is discussed,
As though yesterday.

Today the Great Lakes froze,
And Hell.

The polar vortex leaving behind,
Tomorrow’s pioneers.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: “Polar Vortex Pioneers” was previously published in Arrival and Departure (Writing Knights Press, 2014).

PHOTO: “Michigan Farm in Winter” by James Schwartz.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James Schwartz is a gay ex-Amish poet and slam performer in Michigan. Schwartz’s poetry has been published by various poetry journals and anthologies. His book The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America, was published by in Group Press in 2011, and, more recently, his poetry appeared via Writing Knights Press. Visit him at Literaryparty.blogspot.com.