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South Fork Poetry: ‘Menantic’

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 21:51

(Algonquin definition: the place of plentiful fish)

From the ferry boat
I watch night turn to day:
the full moon sets pale in the west
facing sunrise in the east.

A sleek, oily-feathered cormorant
slips underwater, disappearing
in a long deep dive for eel:
we hold our breath together.

Water rushes by the hull
fast as the years of my life
sweeping me across to the island
where a fisherman casts his line.

Fledges departed, an osprey
surveys her dominion of fish
staring back at me staring at her
while she waits for a sign to migrate.

O, and I too on her wings
will be carried to a distant shore
a place full of plenty
where the hours ebb slowly away.


Monica Enders lives in Sag Harbor.


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