In verse: Maine places and people


Produced by Dennis Camire

This week’s poem is by Susann Pelletier of Lewiston.


For my Grandmother, Marie-Anne Maillet

By Susann Pelletier



If you were alive

This morning

I would bring you

(In your cool kitchen)

A bowl

Of red raspberries.

You would put down

Your book and say,

“Qu’elles sont belles!”

(“How beautiful they are!”)

Hold the brimming bowl

In your two hands

Like a face you love,

Lift it to your nose,

Your mouth.

If you were alive

This morning

I might tell you how your joy

Awaiting me

Cleared each brambly cane

In my way.


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