Poet’s Corner: Into La Cave


(Scorching red-brick sidewalk

July hot

Ninety-five degrees)

Smooth French music

Bubbles up and floods the street

The cooling voice of Charles Aznavour

Pulls me



This sanctuary of shade

Mahogany and rattan

Table for one

Vegetarian omelet

Tall blue glass of clinking lemon water

Sips of Chardonnay

Nearby whispers

Hushed invitations

The Regatta, Old Sculpin Gallery opening, Yacht Club


Sunday afternoon lawn party

The huge white sheets of

Two giant schooners slide out of the harbor

The cool easy flow of money.

Below the white linen tablecloth

At my feet

A well-bred

Brown sparrow

Hops about


Pecking at almond croissant crumbs.

Cindy Douglas was a first grade teacher at the Edgartown school for many years. She now divides her time between Portland, Oregon, and the Island.