Barbara F. Lefcowitz

Green Rock by Barbara F. Lefcowitz

In the harbor, shining
emerald slab, red and plum whorls
interlaced, the grooved frequencies
of ancient trade routes.
I would come back with notepad and winejug,
my claim staked with a braid of kelp,
measured steps.

How can I know now
if it’s slipped back to sea
or perhaps never been there at all,
like the young balladeer.
her voice whorled with sadness
old as fishwives and spicewives,
I once heard, thought I heard,
halfway down Shop Street in Galway.

-Ragged Island, Maine

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