This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Callista Buchen, is from Pelted by Flowers by Kali Lightfoot, released by CavanKerry Press in 2021.
On the Bench above Spring Point Light, Portland, Maine
Peaks Island Ferry chugs across the harbor.
Sailboats moored in middle distance swing
into the wind like weathervanes.
I lean back on a bronze plaque glinting
in afternoon sun: “Look for the Heaven
here on Earth. It is all around you.”
This grassy hill is manmade, once a wartime
gun emplacement, concrete and steel
under wildflowers, now the guns long gone.
Fort Gorges faces me, gun ports empty,
on its rocky outcrop halfway to Peaks Island.
Civil War long over, the fort is covered in green.
Weapons placed here for strategic defense
never fired a shot at enemies who never arrived.
Anna and I sat here one summer night, the forts
disguised with loveliness: sweet pea and salvia
moving in warm wind, passersby smiling at us
in this place built for war and mayhem, forts
still waiting to take up arguments of guns.
We tried for beauty or peace, and found instead
the argument that ended us.
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