Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: A Little Bit of Timely Advice
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Do you have the blues? With its surprising images and infectious music, this poem by Mekeel McBride of Kittery is bound to take your blues away.
A Little Bit of Timely Advice by Mekeel McBride
Time you put on blue shoes, high-heeled, sequined, took yourself out dancing.You been spending too much time crying salty dead-fish lakes into soupspoons,holding look-alike contests with doom. Baby, you need to be moving. Ruinruins itself, no use unplanting what’s left of your garden. Crank up the old radiointo lion-looking-for-food music; or harmonica, all indigo, breathing up sunrise. Downand out’s just another opinion on up and over. You say you got no makingsfor a song? Sing anyway. Best music’s the stuff comes rising out of nothing.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2006 by Mekeel McBride. Reprinted from Dog Star Delicatessen, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006, by permission of Mekeel McBride. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to David Turner, Special Assistant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263.