Lisa Wilson

Spring Thaw

I arrive at
mossy banks
beside
Birch sentries
with battle torn limbs
from winters fury

We stand in
silent honor
of the river
passing by
grateful
for the spring thaw
on the Kennebec

Highway of
my ancestors
liquid life
carrying pieces
of trees
gliding in
succession
to places
only waters know

My eyes follow
the silent vigil
I am invited
to be a
witness to

Sunshine strokes
the waters
that glisten
and catch
my eye

Birch bark canoes
gliding in succession
to places only
my ancestors knew
 
Women, children, men
turn to look at me
smiling, urging me
to go with them
 
To the other places
I have never
been before
to the other places
I have
been before
 
I stare in amazement
clinging to the birches
on either side of me
for balance
my heart aching
to go
 
They pass by me
never turning
their backs to me
but looking back
at me, calling me

Sunshine strokes
the waters
that glisten
and catch
my eye

I stand
in silent honor
of the river
passing by
carrying pieces
of trees
gliding in
succession
to places
only waters
know

 

Lisa Wilson photoLisa Berube Wilson was born in Waterville Maine and grew up in the Fairfield/Waterville areas, graduating from Lawrence High School and then from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Lisa's grandparents were of Micmac, Maliseet and French decent from the regions of Maniwaki, Quebec and Edmundston, New Brunswick Canada. In the 1920's they immigrated to the United States settling in the northern Maine area where her parents were born.

Lisa has been interested in writing since childhood and many of her poems derive from nature, private prayer/meditation times and dream time. Lisa claims she has never actually sat down to write a poem in a standard way. "I have to wait until the words come to me so I try and keep a pen and paper handy everywhere. Whenever I think there are no words inside of me, suddenly there they are. I am always amazed at the mind of the spirit, with its mysteries and humor which always keeps the next chapter of life a challenging one."