Return To Narragansett

by Anna Evans

Once we were kids in Narragansett Bay.
I don’t recall the tide or time of day
I met the sisters; that is close to myth –
like bone and shell compacted underneath
the weight of years to black gold. It was hot;
the sea and sky almost one blue. I’ve not
forgotten how I watched them, with one hand
to shield me from the sun, my toes in sand,
before I knew their names. Now one is dead,
and I, who’ve never built a boat, have said
I’ll take it on: that Bahamina boat
she wouldn’t scrap. I’ll mend it, make it float
and call it something so we will remember
the way she was; her boys will cut the timber.
I’ll build it in her name and for my wife,
her sister. We stumble when we lose a life
as if we slid on shale, but out of stone
come many gifts, and she, of course, was one.
A story is a gift, so is hard labor
at something unaccustomed, yet I’ll savor
each mis-hit nail. This will be myth tomorrow.
Whatever we do we die: that is our sorrow.
But I will build this boat. One seamless day
I’ll raise its sail in Narragansett Bay.

© 2006 by Anna Evans


About the Author

Anna Evans is a British citizen but permanent resident of NJ, where she is raising two daughters. She has had over 100 poems published in journals including The Formalist, The Evansville Review, Measure and e-zines such as Verse Libre Quarterly. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist in the 2005 Howard Nemerov sonnet award. She is editor of the formal poetry e-zine The Barefoot Muse and is currently enrolled in the Bennington College MFA Program. Her first chapbook Swimming was published in March 2006 by Powerscore Press.


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