Sweet Feat

By: - May 14, 2023

Sweet Feat

From the west to the east they came again

Navigators of Cape Ann

Anchored off Long Beach

Twin Lights and Milk Island in their scope

Whales silently passing beneath their window


Once a mariner, the cane steadies a fast blow

He stands and waits - as did so many

Watching her comb the beach


A book replaces the main

Transported to 19th c Paris  

Kelp and essence of seaweed waft - eyes bat shut

Ocean’s narcotic subdues


Headlands, coves, breakwaters, bridges, pastures

Fields of dandelions, buttercups, bluets

Mark the time of early May

Before tourists plunder

Guised to commemorate predecessors of 1623


It takes courage to plunge into waters unknown

Wounds need healing – territory expanded

Weight baring timbers softened to the caress

Tree-green halos nod to

Feet so sweet.