Essay: The Teens Arrived on Tuesday

The teens arrived on Tuesday
Then a deep dive
To single digits

German Shepherd in heart-gouging crouch
Frozen pads, three nights in a row
No beach walk for Rosie

We missed
Meteor showers and a moon so full
And buoyant it was
An intruder over your shoulder

A blizzard began
In the twilight of Friday winter
The teens returned
Sky of Wisconsin slate
Dull, gray, opaque
But for boundless snow

No delicate flakes, this one
Dense snow dead serious
Massive accumulation

We trudge
Through solid white sludge
To the beach
Rosie meandering mostly, nose on snow
Her tracks as proof
She would never leave me

Lake Michigan quietly thickening
A frosty no dog’s land
Between drifted beach and dreadful waves

Rosie customarily laps at water’s edge
Then bites waves
But tonight she finds something there
Between slush and ice
She does not venture
Good girl


Elizabeth G Fagan and her German Shepherd Rosie
Elizabeth G Fagan and her German Shepherd Rosie

Elizabeth G Fagan is a writer and artist who resides on Lake Michigan’s shoreline in southeastern Wisconsin—a place she calls Lake Michigan’s Left Coast. Fagan attended The Hammonasset School, a private arts high school in Connecticut, where she began writing and taking photographs. Fagan earned a BA in English at Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa) and the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). She has an MA in Linguistics from UIC; she specialized in teaching English as a second language (ESL). She returned to college to earn an associate degree in Web Development from DePaul University (Chicago).

Fagan is passionate about the natural world and its creatures. She highly recommends the work of Chicago-based nature photographer Mark Swanson.

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