Treasure Island

Maxine Kumin


Poems of Maxine Kumin

1. In the Park 1/20/2003
2. Purgatory 1/20/2003
3. The Hermit Goes Up Attic 1/20/2003
4. Woodchucks 1/20/2003

The Hermit Goes Up Attic

Up attic, Lucas Harrison, God rest
his frugal bones, once kept a tidy account
by knifecut of some long-gone harvest.
The wood was new. The pitch ran down to blunt
the year: 1811, the score: 10, he carved
into the center rafter to represent
his loves, beatings, losses, hours, or maybe
the butternuts that taxed his back and starved
the red squirrels higher up each scabbed tree.

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