This week’s Deep Water poem is by beloved Portland poet Peter Manuel, who handed away on the final day of 2020, after a protracted sickness. In “Saturday, within the Park,” Manuel addresses the psychological well being struggles he contended with, as so many individuals do, and he writes with irrepressible humor and candor. Regardless of the troubles of the poem’s speaker via a lot of the poem, within the final stanza, he turns issues round – and instantly finds himself reveling within the abundance of being alive.
Peter Manuel, a longtime member of the Portland poetry scene, taught writing at Southern Maine Group Faculty and Portland Grownup Ed, and in addition wrote libretti and ebook opinions. Manuel was a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program, and his chapbook “(!!)exclamations(!!)” was revealed by Sheltering Pines Press in 2005. A deeply religious individual with an abiding curiosity in Judaism and Buddhist research, he might be missed for his irreverent wit and his beneficiant laughter.
Saturday, within the Park
By Peter Jay Manuel
This Librium-sodden soul stumbles via the park.
The fountain swimming pools there, its vortex darkish….
I envision my doped carcass mugged
And surprise if my ideas are bugged.
To Becky’s for omelettes, the java’s activity;
The caffeine lifts my temper, however will it final?
Ought to I gorge on hope and pray to Mary?
Or is that reduction simply non permanent?
Now Apollo’s bloody gown’s unfurled.
Roseate gulls hover, to survey my world.
God! Why re-bind wounds in bloody patches?
Once I dangle string, my Bobcat scratches….
I back-track Lincoln Park – homeward – emoting
Tomorrow the cops may discover me floating.
Some disembody says, “Thy ‘keep or go’ battle:
It’s like a nasty burn your pet has licked.”
However Sunday . . . I‘m conscious – the fountain’s brimming,
I’m not face-down at East Finish Seaside; I’m swimming!
Why not selected to align, with this advantageous
Megan Grumbling is a poet and author who lives in Portland. Deep Water: Maine Poems is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. “Saturday, within the Park,” copyright © 2017 by Peter Jay Manuel, appeared in The Café Evaluation.