Academic journal article The Hudson Review

Poem at Split Rock Cove

Academic journal article The Hudson Review

Poem at Split Rock Cove

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Five chairs in a field

not far from a farmhouse,

people sitting there, in parkas,

drinking coffee from hardy mugs,

warming themselves, it seems,

by the fire one of them

must have most efficiently set,

watching that fire as if sunrise

began where they lived.

Say what you see, says the fire.

That brush fire yellowing, clouding

the sky. On the beach, I pull

on the weed tied to the stones,

and the barnacles beneath

the stones, squeezing the bulbous

seeds at the ends, that refuse to yield.

Resist, the rockweed cries, holding

through the daily apocalypse.

Hold to things slow

and hard, says the tide.

Believe in the hard, says the hard.

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