Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: September Staying
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
For Poet Ranzoni, of Bucksport, Maine is a place that emerrges in September, after the summer visitors have gone.
September Staying by Patricia Ranzoni
The air is made of missing: spaces where you were, sounds lacking yours. A robin basks on the arbor appreciating as much as I and whole bubbles of butterflies bounce in the garden quiet but for crikets nearby, crows flies off, leaves high up. Certain flies buzz somewhere. The spider still weaves in the hops vine but hummingbirds have gone, like summerfolk, like you, to other worlds leaving hardy ones to season ourselves in stillness again to find our own peace. Our own place.
Take Heart: A conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © Patricia Ranzoni. Reprinted from Maine in Four Seasons, Down East Books, 2010, by permission of Patricia Ranzoni. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laurate, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.