Writer, teacher, and former Director of the Telling Room
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc visited Peaks Island’s Stone Boat Poetry gathering this week. Although I was not fortunate enough to join the group and hear him read, I took a moment to read a few of his poems. Having devoted years of my life to all things equestrian, I found “Rider Unhorsed” captivating. Preparing this post gave me the excuse to revisit the photos I took on a ranch in Montana. This looming horse muzzle seemed appropriate.
After you enjoy it, keep in mind that Stone Boat Poetry meets the first Wednesday evening of every month to celebrate a featured poet and host an open read.
First reeds at the pathside became vocal
then the dunes’ curve met the curvature
inside my eye. I saw Polaris become
five-pointed, and red pines closed the sky
as bluebells opened it. This is vision country.
As to where my horse is, my steed of good
deeds and satchel of bad lemons, or how
my head became a tuning fork in a thicket,
I’m too busy to answer. The alder’s summer
is speckled and short-stalked; the blackbird
parades its reds; nuthatches dangle down.
Linger with me; step out of your swivet.
Be mind-muddied a while, and temple-robbed.
Be lullabied by the music of far-off bells.
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