Take Heart 22 August 2012

Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 in Culture

Take Heart 22 August 2012

A Conversation in Poetry

Edited and Introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate


Sarah Jane Woolf-Wade, a resident of Bristol, often writes poetry inspired by the coast of Maine. In this week’s poem, a change in the wind pattern during late August leads to a reflection about life.


Making the Turn

by Sarah Jane Woolf-Wade


There comes a time

with dependable rhythm

every year

late in August

when the wind turns around,

blows in air from the north

to chill the bay

and the year turns its face

away from summer.


Monarch butterflies

ripple down to zinnias that bend

toward late afternoon sun,

bank their wings

and lean into the last leg

of their unavoidable flight plan.


Sometime in every life

there comes that inevitable turn

when we face away…

I can’t be sure when that moment was for me.


Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2008 by Sarah Jane Woolf-Wade. Reprinted from Down the Bristol Road, Snow Drift Press, 2008, by permission of Sarah Jane Woolf-Wade. 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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