Monday, December 9, 2013
Edited and Introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate.
By Mariana S. Tupper
It happens here twice a day:
beds of seaweed levitate a dozen feet
rivulets of sand pour down like lava
sparkling flecks of mica swirl like smoke.
When it happens again at night,
white sand turns black
moonlight catches on starfish
phosphorescence floats among the rocks
wind echoes against the sky.
Eventually the whole beach disappears,
to be revealed again when darkness
is swept off like a giant scarf
by the hand of dawn.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2002 by Mariana Tupper. Reprinted from “A Sense of Place, Collected Maine Poems,” Bay River Press, 2002, by permission of Mariana Tupper. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, special consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at mainepoet firstname.lastname@example.org or 228-8263. “Take Heart: Poems from Maine,” an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.