Patricia Smith Ranzoni is an award winning Maine poet, and her book of poems, Bedding Vows, really captures my Maine – from our farms to the woods.
But this book, subtitled Love Poems from Outback Maine, is so much more, capturing our lives from kids through old age. Patricia grew up in rural Maine and lives today in Bucksport.
The back of the book describes it well: No one before now, here, has done it this way – a cultural document as well as bedside reader – to cherish for generations.
I especially enjoyed her poems that included fish and wildlife. Consider this opening line: Trout’s what a good man brings his wife come spring.
Yes! And one of my favorite poems is titled We Hunt.
There are lots of love poems, and I really appreciated poems that seemed to recognize my battle with ALS. One titled Another Long, described my experience in a remarkable and very thoughtful way. And the last two entries, about the loss of a husband by his wife and a wife by her husband, are poems you will never forget.
I will be enjoying these poems for the rest of my life with special thanks to Patricia for sharing them with me.