Subscribe To Our
Poetrybay Blog on Facebook




FALL/ WINTER 2017

next



Roberta Gould

MARY KING LIVED HERE, SAG HARBOR

The perfectly kept yellow slats
were in decay
and the always transparent windows
were covered with dust or grime

No hanging baskets that day
and grass had overgrown
the walk to the her door
Clumps of it marked what was her garden
---For sale, said the sign

Perplexed
I hadn’t imagined her demise
though she was almost eighty
always keeping the place bright
hard work and energy
Her voice strong and the speech
accented with Long Island turns
some similar to Brooklyn’s

A crew of weekend fishers
and an occasional teacher
lodged there
She spoke of them often
Frank, who read Bashevis Singer
and others I didn’t know
She also told of an old town priest
with many girlfriends
and, sometimes, she mentioned her son

”Sometimes I ask myself what it’s all about”
she’d say with a smile
in the kitchen where she offered coffee
and served light meals to the weekend men
She was clear in her dealings and humorous
and when I’d get there early
I’d check Southampton’s betting parlor
eager to find her and say hello

I wont’ tell the rest of the story
how I learned the news of her passing
It was four years since I‘d been there
The words stuck in my throat
Her house returning to the elements


 

back to top

 

 


send comments to info@poetrybay.com

first electronic copyright 2000 poetrybay. 
all rights revert to author

 

 

Poetrybay seeks fine poetry, reviews, commentary and essays without restriction in form or content, and reserves first electronic copyright to all work published. All rights to published work revert to the author following publication. All Email submissions should be in body of email text.

To submit poems write to:

PO Box 114 
Northport NY 11768
or email us at 
info@poetrybay.com

send comments to info@poetrybay.com

first electronic copyright 2004 poetrybay. 
all rights revert to authors

website comments to dpb@islandguide.com