By guest bloggers, Peggy and Jerry DePersia
Yes, DesignDestinations is stretching creatively. Here you will find poetry written by Peggy DePersia and the photography of Jerry DePersia. Traveling to Maine at the beginning of the summer they enjoyed a creative time in one of the most beautiful parts of the United States.
Peggy devoted herself to a poetry workshop at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts while Jerry made a return visit to a wooden boat building class at the Wooden Boat School. Both are near Camden, Maine.
I hope their words and images take you to the Maine boat yard the same way I was transported to this magical place.
by Peggy DePersia
Like a school of fish
they faced us
the water line
moored to trailers,
keels slicing downward,
held in place by
a lost season or unpaid fee,
even history, long
regaled and treasured
can tether her to the yard,
till she can be readied,
till she sets sail.
by Peggy DePersia
“Is this Seal Cove?”
car window lowered.
“It was yesterday.”
came the terse reply
as the stranger moved toward us.
His memorable face,
round, weathered by wind and tenacious cold,
had a northern clime’s blue eyes;
he squinted with the first sun of many days. His silver curls –
glinting in the brightness that afternoon,
like a warrior’s helmet –
framed his eyes,
a most compelling feature.
“Can we look around, take a few pictures?
Anyplace we shouldn’t go?
Is that acceptable?”
He studied us.
Read us with care.
Go ahead, look around – avoid closed doors,
he answered, adding, incredibly,
“Approach open doors with circumspection.”
‘Circumspection.’ We were dumbfounded
by the word springing to those tight, watchful lips;
we sat observing, as he walked away,
the erect posture, the carriage
in his nondescript jeans and T-shirt –
blue, of course, and worn –
the jeans belted by a solid buckle.
A man hewn by the history of this place.
A man who did not omit to tell us,
walking away, toward his small office,
“I’m the proprietor;
you have my permission.”
And each word he’d said, refined him
in memory like a stone
faceted, held a long time,
Jerry DePersia is an architect in Grand Rapids, MI and a lover of wood crafts.
Peggy recently retired as a high school art teacher and now devotes her time to teaching at Kendall College of Art and Design and living creatively.
They both enjoy travel and their time on or near water.