August 18, 2013

Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry

In his poetry Thomas Moore of Brooksville often writes about people and places in Maine. Today he concentrates on Episcopalians in a nearby coastal town.

Edited and Introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate.

Summer Episcopalians
        – 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 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.


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