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Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Spring Thaw, Loon Return and Growing Lettuce
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Today’s column features three poems about arrivals that celebrate spring in Maine.
Spring Thaw by Ruth F. Guillard
Night, early April White rivers of rain, snowmelt Roar over the rocks Scouring the steep slopes Tripping over grey boulders Hillsides echoingEvery spring I wait For this sweet sound of release The earth rejoicing.
Loon Return, by Carol Bachofner
Long ribbons of loons descend through a cleft in the spreading morning; resplendent in formal attire, they dip into icy meltwater ponds. Beautiful, eerie laughter heralds oncoming spring, breaks the boreal winter silence with its return.
Growing Lettuce, by Henry Braun
I have broken soil and run a line in the blackness with my finger and dropped the flea-like seeds in too thickly.Even so, even so, the lettuce comes, standing room only, as a favor to a first try and is a shy green.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyrights © 2012 by Ruth F Guillard, reprinted from From Burnham Cove, by permission of Ruth F Guillard; 2011 by Carol Bachofner, reprinted from I Write in the Greenhouse, Custom Museum Publishing, by permissions of Carol Bachofner; 2006 by Henry Braun, reprinted from Loyalty, Off the Grid Press, by permission of Henry Braun. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at email@example.com or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.