After nightfall an anonymous sculptor
and helpers install a statue below a Fairhaven
bluff. As platform, they choose the jagged
tin boulder surrounded by water at high tide.
They balance the statue perfectly on one foot,
and bolt it in to older metal. The artist calls
the statue Grace. She points one arm to sea,
trails the other to meet leg curling up behind her.
Formed of silver bands wrapped around steel
core and heart, she’s untempered and pure.
Grace is silvery fine and fair, and appears
to be a dancer – her stomach is taut, her limbs
long-muscled and lean. A friend tells me Grace
is in a standing bow pose or dancer’s pose.
To me she seems prepared to leap or soar.
While Grace is lithe and limber, she is caressed
by salt water and air, and her carbon steel
is in certain decline. When the sculptor returns
and takes her from us, he will leave this artistry:
however we choose to picture or embody grace –
in repose, or as a dancer prepared to soar or
leap, reclining, or as an elder walking with
quiet dignity – we rediscover grace. Grace
resides in us, and remains available always.
Andrew Shattuck McBride
2012 Merit Award Winner
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest
I am very grateful to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest 2012 judges, and to the committee members of the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest for all the great work they do year after year. Thank you!
I am grateful for having my poem “Grace” selected as one of 15 Merit Award Winners for the 2012 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. The awards ceremony last night – May 10, 2012 – was magnificent.
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Blessings to all, Andy
Beautiful poem, Andy. Grace within us all.
Bert, thank you very much!
This is such a lovely image, I can imagine “Grace” in Fairhaven.
Thank you Jilanne!
Andrew! What a wonderful poem–and congratulations on your Merit Award for it! HOORAY!
Thank you very much, Jennifer!
What a beautifully thoughtful piece. Grace describes the writing here as well as the metal sculpture. This is very fine work, worthy of an award. Congratulations. I am happy that I found your blog, and thus your poems, through Jennifer Bullis.
Thank you very much! I appreciate your kind comments about my poem “Grace.”
I’m hoping to post a photo of Grace, too!
Thanks again. Sincerely, and best wishes, Andy