Our neighbors gather in their heavy coats.
The youngest ones are thrilled to stay awake.
With towels as capes, they race the passing boats,
not noticing the chill beside the lake.
And then the change begins. The children hush
and huddle up to watch the full blood moon,
red across its face, spreading like a blush
as if it caused the darkness coming soon.
The loons sense otherworldly things; they wail
like mothers warning toddlers in the street.
The earth aligns. A shovel fills a pail.
A daughter crouches at her mother’s feet.
She dreams of made-up lands. Her untrained hand
designs a new beginning in the sand.
Kyle Potvin’s chapbook, Sound Travels on Water (Finishing Line Press), won the 2014 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award. A two-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, her poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Creek Review, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, JAMA, and others. She is an advisor to Frost Farm Poetry in Derry, New Hampshire, and helps produce the New Hampshire Poetry Festival.
First published in Measure Volume 13, Issues 1 & 2