June 30, 2013

Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry

In this week’s poem Patricia Ranzoni of Bucksport finds what she calls 'generational presences and absences' in a rural Maine house.

Edited and Introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate.

The Old Gross Place

Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2000 Patricia Ranzoni. Reprinted from “Settling,” Puckerbrush Press, 2000, by permission of Patricia Ranzoni. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, special consultant to the Maine poet laureate, at mainepoetlaureate@gmail.com or 228-8263.

By Patricia Ranzoni

Across the road the
     old dairy is an apparition.
Not haunted so much as
     that it is, itself, a ghost.
When I go for mail, Hazel
     is not in the kitchen.
Mary is not upstairs, Tom
     not in his chair
by the window. White sheers
     are an absence I prom-
ise to remember.
     One could watch forever
and never see them again.
     Search clean through
those waving old panes
     front to back, not a soul
not even a stick of their furniture
     to rest wavy eyes
on. Why a neighbor
     can look clear through
that thinning house
     all the way to heaven.


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