November 23, “Beaver Moon,” from NOVEMBER: A Poem in 30 Days


Beaver Moon


Portland has a park
uphill, the Eastern Promenade,
where we watch the travels
of this November moon,
the waterfront, Casco Bay.

We sit in a rented Renault
parked on the rock of Maine
under an elm in the shore breeze,
stripped for another winter.

This moon is the Beaver.

Every month has at least
one, clearly as distinct
as November from June,
the full Strawberry.

Tonight's wind lifts
this afternoon's fog off
the harbor, out of town.

Beaver's reflection
reflects again, floating
on the bay, a soft
mirror among the lobster
pots over the tide.

My wife, pregnant, and
I watch the last ferry
to Peaks Island
depart the pier.

A cloud sails
as a tangent of
the moon, from star-
board to port.

excerpted from
NOVEMBER: A Poem in 30 Days
in memory of the last month of life of Lester C Coe (1925-1978)

About orangeacorn

We are, I believe, and everything is, in perpetual unfolding/enfolding/evolving. By surface appearances, we're in turmoil and fearfullness, but in fact our existence is on the edge of a new way, beyond the US versus THEM we have grown with. I encourage you to join me over coffee or tea in face-to-face encounters. I call this exercise, "CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers." I'm a Columbus, Ohio husband, father and citizen. I practice string band sounds from the ridges of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the vortex of the ancient drone.
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