Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: 1940 and Rained Out
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Today’s column features two members of the “Salt Coast Sages”: Sharon Bray, from Orland, and Gerald George, from East Machias. Their poems were inspired by characters born and bred in Maine.
1940 by Sharon Bray
After they left the roller rink and drove out of streetlight range, he showed her Orion, the one constellation she still could name into the year she died.He could have seduced her on the back seat blanket of his downhill-fast Model A.Instead he gave her one ripe orange, which she took home to her mother.
Rained Out by Gerald George
After the Red Sox blew their season by losing three straight in the playoffs to Chicago, it rained for days.“Coincidence,” I said over coffee down at Archibald’s One-Stop.“Think what you like,” Homer Jones replied, buttoning up his slicker. Then he walked out and never spoke to me again.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. “1940” copyright © 2008 by Sharon Bray. “Rained Out” copyright © 2008 by Gerald George. Poems reprinted from A Rump-Sprung Chair and A One-Eyed Cat, Black Dog Press, 2008, by permission of Sharon Bray, Gerald George, and the Salt Coast Sages. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to David Turner, Special Assistant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at email@example.com or 207-228-8263.