Look down to Buzzard’s Bay

Small boats cross offshore, their sails slip
in and out of view from wind scoured trees
below the hill where low tide worries at the beach
and a boulder shoulders the dock railing.

Cat’s paw ripples patch the sea, a rising wind
to catch and play the orange sail heading out
from the harbor where masts and hulls ride
mirror flash points through the oaks behind us.

A sea hawk dives, lifts, fish in his talons
rides back in over this house, this nest
that launches fledglings, strengthens
their span of flight, whose porch recalls

high watches down the coast…Gloucester,
Monheghan, Halifax, further down East
wherever island people built to overlook
the sea, remember, map a journey.

Notre Dame Paris, April 15, 2019

Sadness runs deep, rises like flood water
to quench the Forest fire. Roof beams torched
to falling ash. Like grace notes, statues, rose windows
deny conflagration. Arches hold. Vigil candles
flame steady, soft – ceremony spills over stone.

“Salve Regina” rises from the blackened ground
to a burning sky – watchers chant, old notes
Of faith, hope, love hovering over the square,
as we have sung to rest our sighs and mourning
outside the White House iron railings.