A Visit to Chebeague Island

for Betsy Bilodeau (1955-2015)

Brisk summer breezes

rustle swaying dune grass

under a mid-June sun

as gentle lapping waves

caress the garnet beach,

deposit ocean treasures:

beach glass and starfish—

mementos of other times

when you inhaled salt air,

savored quiet moments

off Casco Bay outstretched

on Hamilton Beach.

A lone osprey swoops

overhead, disappears

in a blazing orange

sunset as the Islander

slides into dock. Tonight

you too quickly vanish

between dusk and darkness,

like a glistening star

slipping behind clouds,

the moment when your

soundless voice calls us.

National Federation of Poetry Societies—Maine Poets Society Award 2017

Recent Poems


For any media inquiries, please contact me at:


© 2019 Dr. Jim Brosnan