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Patricia Ranzoni


(Old Norse for windows, before glass.)

New Year's
Coast of Maine

Cape Rosier. Land's end.

Numbing cold (goes without

saying). I'll be damned

if these winds (orchestral )

are not having their way

with the ocean. Waves surging

back and back (not in )

(against the tide I mean ).

Never seen the likes of it, you?

This tidal pool shaking

under windflaws, one thing,

but waves rolling out

instead of forward what do you

make of it? As if, always there

for the shore, the sea today

is being loved in return.

Originally published in Heartbeat of New England: An Anthology of Contemporary Nature Poetry.


Patricia Ranzoni grew up along the northern reach of the Appalachian range, where she now writes from a farm in Bucksport, Maine. Her first collection, Claiming, was published in 1995 by Puckerbrush Press, which, in 2000, brought out her second, Settling. She is a founder of SpiritWords/Maine Poetries Collaborative and Maine Poetry & Story Exchange.

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