Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Summer Episcopalians ~notes from an introvert
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
In his poetry Thomas Moore of Brooksville often writes about people and places in Maine. Today he concentrates on Episcopalians in a nearby coastal town.
Summer Episcopalians ~notes from an introvert by Thomas R. Moore
They are more self-confident than I, and even though I’m one of them,they rattle me when I overhear their spiels in deli about imported Swiss beforechoosing Champagne Brie, or when these women, white-haired, blue-blooded,chat so self-assuredly in coffee and tea, their crisp tennis dresses showingtheir pedigree with baskets full of organic pears, natural chicken thighs,and English breakfast tea. The men are clean-shaven with jaws that sayprominent, sailing tans melding into winter’s Merlot seas. Theirfaces are almost names. I dodge into canned vegetables and flee.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2012 by Thomas R. Moore. Reprinted from Chet Sawing: Poems, Fort Hemlock Press, 2012, by permission of Thomas R. Moore. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.