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Maine Reflections

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In Maine,

virgin soil is still tilled as I walk; oxen strain

to pull a large fieldstone from its place.

The hard crack is heard of stone on stone–

each one upon the last as walls are built up.

Women in long dresses bend, pluck blackberries

from the sun. Inside, precious crimson syrup

seeps through sieves.

Now drumbeats hush as arrowheads whoosh

through air. Long strips of birch bark

are peeled from trees, fastened into homes.

Along the Sandy River, the Amaseconti–

First Ones Here.

Even this ledge-rock

once trembled against ice. In its striations,

the teeth of a glacier live. My fingers

caress what became smooth from the rough.

My father’s voice echoes in the fallen tree’s rings.

A ring is a year–

in each ring:

listen! the story of a year.

When Even the Inanimate Seem to Rise and Fall With Breath

It’s that time of year in Maine–

same time six years ago

when together, we fell in love with this bit of rocky land

after one traipse around its woodsy path,

one round trip down the gravel road–

that godly time in May in Maine when even

the inanimate seem to rise and fall with breath–

when along the road fiddleheads still knot tightly into fists,

the grading truck now come and gone–when you can hit fifty

in the Jeep, when everything

but this one moment and your future

billow out behind you in a cloud of dust.

Cynthia Brackett-Vincent holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maine at Farmington. Her poetry has had state (Maine Poets Society), regional (New England Writers), and national (National Federation of State Poetry Societies) recognition. She’s judged poetry for Writer’s Digest, among others. Over 100 of her poems as well as her nonfiction have appeared in the United States and abroad. From rural Maine, she publishes the Aurorean poetry journal, edits anthologies, creates greeting cards featuring her photographs of New England, and she unabashedly delights in grandmotherhood.

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  • Katherine

    Through Cynthia’s ability to capture the perfect moment and preserve it in verse…thank you! This time of year, especially, it is a precious reminder of home. Always continue writing.

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  • I’ve never visited Maine but Cynthia’s poems make me feel close to fiddleheads, fieldstone, the drumbeats and birch bark of the Amaseconti. Keep more coming! I am familiar with The Aurorean, a great poetry ambassador; her greeting card photography captures the Northeast.

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  • I’ve never visited Maine but Cynthia’s poems make me free close to fiddleheads, fieldstone, the drumbeats and birch bark of the Amaseconti. Keep more coming! I am familiar with The Aurorean: a great poetry ambassador; her greeting card photography speaks for the Northeast.

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  • Cynthia has the ability to take the common, everyday…and make it sacred.
    Bravo!
    SueB

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