Small Stone #27


When David and I were on Monhegan Island this summer, we noticed that late in the afternoon, and throughout the evening, we could see tiny specks of jets, with plumed contrails, heading north-east across the broad sky.  Night flights to Europe.  It’s disturbing to think about what air travel does to the environment, but the streams of clouds left by jets often make great sunsets, as they did on Monhegan.  Today the contrails of jets leaving Boston, I assume, fanned out over the fields by my house and caught the late light, an explosion of color as the day flamed away.


About Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern is a poet, writer, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, family member, gardener, triathlete, hiker and for 30 years was the Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She resigned her position at the Coalition on June 15, 2011 in order to concentrate on her writing, while continuing to engage in the movement to end violence against women as a consultant and advisor. Her chapbook Fever of Unknown Origin was published in 2001 and her full-length poetry book The Truth About Death was published in 2012.
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2 Responses to Small Stone #27

  1. Sam says:

    a fairview of fairview cemetery

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