Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: April Prayer
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
As we say goodbye to April, which is National Poetry Month, it's the perfect time to introduce Take Heart, my new column for Maine newspapers. Take Heart will feature one poem each week by a Maine poet. The column's first poem, by Stuart Kestenbaum of Deer Isle, urges us to join him in welcoming spring.
April Prayer by Stuart Kestenbaum
Just before the green begins there is the hint of green a blush of color, and the red buds thicken the ends of the maple's branches and everything is poised before the start of a new world, which is really the same world just moving forward from bud to flower to blossom to fruit to harvest to sweet sleep, and the roots await the next signal, every signal every call a miracle and the switchboard is lighting up and the operators are standing by in the pledge drive we've all been listening to: Go make the call.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2007 by Stuart Kestenbaum. Reprinted from Prayers & Run-on Sentences, Deerbrook Editions, 2007, by permission of Stuart Kestenbaum. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to David Turner, Special Assistant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at 207-228-8263 or email@example.com