Barbara Larsen, WFOP NE regional vice president, lives with her husband on a wooded bluff overlooking the waters of Green Bay in Door County, Wisconsin. She teaches a life history writing class at the Clearing-in-Winter and has published two chapbooks, Beach Road Year and Pine Ridge 1937. Other poems have appeared in Mag Mag, Fox Fire and several regional publications.




3:00 A.M. At the Grand Terminus Hotel

From our 5th floor room
I look with Edward Hopper eye
upon the brick street below
where only the young are easy
in the darkness.
Distance and angle
heighten each small scene
played upon its stage:
young woman in white clicks across
then exits; a solitary figure
waits under the lamppost, watches.
In the center, a young couple kiss and part.
They do not know I enter their private worlds.
In my high perch I am owl or night hawk;
I feel the power of the hunter.


appeared in Rag Mag, Vol. 10, 1992; copyright © 1992




Sunset From the Deck

Quietly, steadily,
sun drops into the bay

going...
         going..
                 gone.

Is that what dying is?
One tiny moment you are
the next, you arenít?
Slipping into... what?

I guess dying wonít be so bad
if thatís way it is,
one gentle plop...then
the afterglow
with colors spreading
across the sky.

Such a gentle death.
It makes good practice
each time we watch.


from Beach Road, copyright © 1989




Vivaldi On a Starry Night

Finishing in the kitchen,
I delight in music
coming from the other room.
Violin, cello, sopranos, piano-
the Gloria in rehearsal.
Then I remember.
The mail is in its box.

Outside the woods
stretches up to touch
a crescent moon rising
in the eastern sky.
Two brilliant stars ride outpost.
The sharp clean air
quite takes my breath away
as I walk the country road
singing Laudamus Te at top voice.
Dark spirits of the day dissolve.
Light-hearted I walk back.

Positive, life-affirming Vivaldi
Could you have dreamed that
three centuries later
you would fill a womanís heart with joy
on such a crisp and wintry night as this?


from Beach Road Year, copyright © 1989



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