Take Heart 26 June 2013

Posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in Culture

Take Heart 26 June 2013

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A Conversation in Poetry

Edited and Introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate


In this week’s poem Patricia Ranzoni of Bucksport finds what she calls “generational presences and absences” in a rural Maine house..


The Old Gross Place

by Patricia Ranzoni


Across the road the

             old dairy is an apparition.

Not haunted so much as

             that it is, itself, a ghost.

When I go for mail, Hazel

             is not in the kitchen.

Mary is not upstairs, Tom

             not in his chair

by the window. White sheers

             are an absence I prom-

ise to remember.

             One could watch forever

and never see them again.

             Search clean through

those waving old panes

             front to back, not a soul

not even a stick of their furniture

             to rest wavy eyes

on. Why a neighbor

             can look clear through

that thinning house

             all the way to heaven.


Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2000 Patricia Ranzoni. Reprinted from Settling, Puckerbrush Press, 2000, by permission of Patricia Ranzoni. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at mainepoetlaureate@gmail.com or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.  

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