Mackerel Cove, Bailey Island, Maine 12/25/09
Endings are beginnings. As 2009 sinks below the horizon, a new year will dawn.
Lobster season ended on Christmas except for fishermen with offshore permits.
In June lobsters and tourists will return to coastal Maine.
In December the cliff paths are near empty, slippery in ice and snow.
The sea beats the jagged shore. The spray intensifies the chill.
The setting sun offers little warmth, and yet even the rocks reach for it.
Lichen is the only green.
Snow hides from the hungry sea in rock pockets.
Tidal flows freeze in motion, as if enchanted.
“O brave new world that has such people in’t!”
-Miranda, The Tempest by William Shakespeare
I wish you all a most Happy New Year.