Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Night
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Louise Bogan, whose grandfather was a sea captain from Portland, was born in Livermore Falls and returned to the state often. Today’s poem by Bogan, one of her best-known, offers a haunting evocation of the Maine coast.
Night by Louise Bogan
The cold remote islands And the blue estuaries Where what breathes, breathes The restless wind of the inlets, And what drinks, drinks The incoming tide;Where shell and weed Wait upon the salt wash of the sea, And the clear nights of stars Swing their lights westward To set behind the land;Where the pulse clinging to the rocks Renews itself forever; Where, again on cloudless nights, The water reflects The firmament’s partial setting;—O remember In your narrowing dark hours That more things move Than blood in the heart.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 1968 by Louise Bogan. Reprinted from The Blue Estuaries: Poems: 1923-1968, Farrar Straus and Giroux, New York, 1968, by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 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.