Sunday, March 9, 2014
Edited and Introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate.
– notes from an introvert
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2012 by Thomas R. Moore. Reprinted from “Chet Sawing: Poems,” Fort Hemlock Press, 2012, by permission of Thomas R. Moore. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, special consultant to the Maine poet laureate, at email@example.com 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.
By Thomas R. Moore
They are more self-confident than I,
and even though I’m one of them,
they rattle me when I overhear their spiels
in deli about imported Swiss before
choosing Champagne Brie, or when
the women, white-haired, blue-blooded,
chat so self-assuredly in coffee and tea,
their crisp tennis dresses showing
their pedigree with baskets full of organic
pears, natural chicken thighs,
and English breakfast tea. The men
are clean-shaven with jaws that say
prominent, sailing tans melding
into winter’s Merlot seas. Their
faces are almost names. I dodge
into canned vegetables and flee.