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Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Regret and Snap
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
In today’s poems, Bob Brooks of Stockton Springs offers two very different perspectives on mistakes. In “Regret” he looks back sadly on mistakes he has made; in “Snap,” a mouse looks joyfully ahead, unaware that it is making them.
Regret by Bob Brooks
It’s like skipping a stone– one thing reminds me of another. And when the stone sinks, I don’t go after it.I don’t go after it. But when the stone sinks, it reminds me of another.Another regret like a skipping stone I don’t go after–another stone, sinking.
Snap by Bob Brooks
Poor mousie living for monthson toilet paper from the linen closetone day finds bagels and English muffins in a kitchen cupboardthinks she’s died and gone to heavenyep
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2011 by Bob Brooks. Reprinted from Unguarded Crossing, Antrim House, 2011, by permission of Bob Brooks. 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.