Below is an excerpt from Vagabonds and Sundries: Poetic Remnants of Lives Past, the much-anticipated new poetry collection by L.M. Browning, award-winning author of Oak Wise: Poetry Exploring an Ecological FaithRuminations at Twilight: Poetry Exploring the Sacred, and Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity: Journal of a New England Poet.

In this new collection, Browning bring us a poetical coming to terms, as she touches on topics such as emotional trauma, spiritual disillusionment, and lost love. It is a dirge of grief and empowerment, highlighting both sorrow as well as the spirit that remains even after all else has left us.

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The Tides Driving

Against the Seawalls

 

The doldrums of this gray village

Can weigh or soothe.

 

Embanked behind the fog,

I meander the narrow slate sidewalks

Towards the point

Where I know the gales

Will drown out that voice telling me

All I must do,

All I should do,

All I could have done.

 

I’ll sit on the storm walls

And watch with blank mind

The slow path of the trawlers

Looking sympathetically upon them,

The chipped paint shedding from their hulls

And rusted joints bleeding red,

Knowing they know what it is

To weather the world.