Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Freeze Frame
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Marcia Brown, the former poet laureate of Portland, writes that even though we may lament we can’t preserve moments in time, “the poem in a sense does just that.”
Freeze Frame by Marcia F. Brown
Camera, tripod, satchel of gear shouldered under dry branches, you are headed out to take a picture of the loon we think will winter over on the salt pond.In the upstairs window, pen in hand, I am framing this picture of you intent on your mission: green shirt, gray vest in the mottled light of Indian summer.Beloved, you walk as much with this world as the deer. How do I say how the hay-gold grasses bend to you? How the split rails draw you to their vanishing point,beyond which, a bird—wild and ancient—sends up its hollow, fluted cry and how for one moment, I long to know a distant song,something I can sing to hold you there.
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. Please note that the column is no longer accepting submissions; comments about it may be directed to special consultant to the poet laureate, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, 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.