Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Valentines
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Marcia Brown, Portland’s poet laureate, creates such drama in her description of the birds she and her husband discover, we miss for a moment that her poem for Valentine’s week is about the two of them as well.
Valentines by Marcia F. Brown
Flame in the snow-bowed lilac tree, flare of yellow beak, coal nugget eye — I want to call you jubilantly and I do — Come, quickly — Look! And you do, and there we are at the kitchen window, my hands damp above the suds, you in your storm coat, halfway out the door to shovel a foot of new snow. Both of us suddenly blissful and buoyed by this eruption of red in the flocked and frosted wedding cake of our yard. Now he is joined by the muted rose of his mate. If they had something to do, it seems to be right here, poised between frozen buds, the storm moving out to sea, an unexpected sunset lighting the trees like glass, tinting the long field coral. Startling too, how together, they unfold like paper hearts and are gone.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2010 Marcia F. Brown. Reprinted from What on Earth, Moon Pie Press, 2010, by permission of Marcia F. Brown. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, 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.