Take Heart 20 February 2013

Posted Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in Culture

Take Heart 20 February 2013

A Conversation in Poetry

Edited and Introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate


Today’s poem about dividing the spoils after a divorce comes from Donald Crane, who lives on the Down East coast above Milbridge.



by Donald Crane


She got the path to the spring house

through the asters and fireweed

and the orange “touch me not.”


The grey smudges that are deer

at the far edge of the pasture at dusk.


The broad leaves of the rhubarb plant

where early in the morning

the swallowtail butterflies lie

motionless with their wings spread

to dry.


Redtail hawks overhead; jays fussing

in the apple orchard gone wild.


And from the kitchen window; the faint

haze in September over Tunk Mountain

20 miles away.


I got pigeons and starlings in the Bangor

city park, and a job stacking boxes

at the Mall.



Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2008 by Donald Crane. Reprinted from Puckerbrush Review, Winter/Spring 2008, Puckerbrush Press, 2008, by permission of Donald Crane. 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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