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Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Divorce
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Today’s poem about dividing the spoils after a divorce comes from Donald Crane, who lives on the Down East coast above Milbridge.
Divorce by Donald Crane
She got the path to the spring house through the asters and fireweed and the orange “touch me not.”The grey smudges that are deer at the far edge of the pasture at dusk.The broad leaves of the rhubarb plant where early in the morning the swallowtail butterflies lie motionless with their wings spread to dry.Redtail hawks overhead; jays fussing in the apple orchard gone wild.And from the kitchen window; the faint haze in September over Tunk Mountain 20 miles away.I got pigeons and starlings in the Bangor city park, and a job stacking boxes at the Mall.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2008 by Donald Crane. Reprinted from Puckerbrush Review, Winter/Spring 2008, Puckerbrush Press, 2008, by permission of Donald Crane. 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.