Take Heart: 29 June 2011

Posted Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Culture

Take Heart: 29 June 2011

A Conversation in Poetry

Edited & Introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate


Do you have the blues? With its surprising images and infectious music, this poem by Mekeel McBride of Kittery is bound to take your blues away.


A Little Bit of Timely Advice

by Mekeel McBride


Time you put on blue

shoes, high-heeled, sequined,

took yourself out dancing.


You been spending too much

time crying salty

dead-fish lakes into soupspoons,


holding look-alike contests

with doom. Baby, you

need to be moving. Ruin


ruins itself, no use unplanting

what’s left of your garden.

Crank up the old radio


into lion-looking-for-food

music; or harmonica, all indigo,

breathing up sunrise. Down


and out’s just another opinion

on up and over. You say

you got no makings


for a song? Sing anyway.

Best music’s the stuff comes

rising out of nothing.


Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2006 by Mekeel McBride. Reprinted from Dog Star Delicatessen, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006, by permission of Mekeel McBride. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to David Turner, special assistant to the Maine poet laureate, at poetlaureate@mainewriters.org or (207) 228-8263.

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