Monhegan Summer Day – Jim Stallings


Reflections from the Pierce House Porch





Marsh grass yellow, brown, green

Swallows’ orange breasts, slate gray backs


Crashing surf

Lobster traps

Stacked five high

Laundry on lines

Graveyard stones

Face the village and harbor

From 18th century

Brackett Pierce Trefethren Fir trees Starling Orne

Wait staff time off

Sitting out in sun

Drinking beer

Smoking cigarettes

Island guy in truck stops

Dog in front seat

Gray house white trim


Fir trees blue shadows

Beatles’ Let it Be

On radio from Carina

Young girl at counter

Face looming in shadows

Time food love beauty

Clerks take imprisonment well

Twittering swallows over grasses

Red wing blackbird

Fluttering in grasses

After a roll

In dirt on road

working cat

Slipping into marsh

Starfish bleached white

sun setting

Deep purple cool

On Monhegan as

Sweet night falls.

Jim Stallings

One thought on “Monhegan Summer Day – Jim Stallings

  1. Beautiful poem – it gives me a clear image of a moment in a summer day on the Island in my mind’s eye – thank you!

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