Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Mud Season
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Alice Persons of Westbrook is the co-founder of Moon Pie Press, which lists books by a range of poets, both new and established. In today’s poem she muses about spring’s influence on the natural world, and on us.
Mud Season By Alice Persons
After a brutal Maine winter the world dissolves in weak sunshine and water: Mud sucks at your shoes. It’s impossible to keep the floors or the dogs clean. Peeling layers of clothes, you emerge pale, root-like, a little dazed by brighter light. You haven’t looked at your legs in months and discover an alarming new geography of veins and flaws. Last year you scoffed at people who got spray-tanned but it’s starting to appeal. Your only consolation is the company of others who haven’t been to Nevis or Boca Raton, a pale army of fellow radishes, round onions, long-underground tubers.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2005 by Alice Persons. Reprinted from A Moxie and a Moon Pie: The Best of Moon Pie Press, Volume 1, Moon Pie Press, 2005, by permission of Alice Persons. 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.