Poet’s Corner: Home to Martha’s Vineyard

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By Margaret Emerson

a twenty-five blow

gusting to forty

cancels five ferries

terminal flags snap

against murky

winter sky

still we drive to dockside

park in row two

watch the great iron carrier

force through the channel

then open mouth wide

to roll out her holdings

never question

the madness

of entering her bowels

to bob on the ocean

between the cape

and the island

a tribute to trust

to hope in the storm

Since retiring as a professor of Nursing at Northeastern University, Margaret lives in Chilmark where she pursues her passion for painting and poetry.