Take Heart 25 January 2012

Posted Wednesday, January 25, 2012 in Culture

Take Heart 25 January 2012

A Conversation in Poetry

edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate


Poet and nonfiction writer Linda Buckmaster lives in Belfast, a town of poets and artists. In these two brave poems she describes the sudden death of her husband, and his mysterious return.


Sudden Death

by Linda Buckmaster


You were an electric current leaping

between contact points, living always

so bright, so hot until

that moment


you shorted out, caught fire, and

bursting into white flames,

consumed yourself

in light and heat, leaving us

the still warm ashes of an afterlife.




The other night, I saw you

as moonlight coming in

the west window of the kitchen.

Fourteen years in this house and I never

before saw the moon coming in that particular window.

Perhaps it's that we never stayed up so late,

at least not on bright nights in winter when

the low-slung moon moves around

the corner of the house and into the side yard. Or

perhaps it's just that I never noticed before now. Now


I'm often up very late, alone,

so that night I saw you softly spreading

across the dark countertop and burnished surface

of the stove — a  triangle of light — and

I lowered my face and kissed you.


Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poems copyright © 2007 by Linda Buckmaster. Reprinted from "Heart Song & Other Legacies," Illuminated Sea Press, 2007, by permission of Linda Buckmaster. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to David Turner, special assistant to the Maine poet laureate, at poetlaureate@mainewriters.org or (207) 228-8263.

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