Losing Bam LaFarge
Notes on the Universe and Kindred Topics as Seen from Tuckernuck
You heard him first.
Great honking cries resolve to a nasal twang
As he hove into view, making for the landing;
Dog-in-the-bow as the skiff warps the pier.
Leaps down -- dog, then man -- crabwalks, barefoot, saltysandy.
Gapped grin, hand smooth like sharkskin, gnarled fist, bird's nest -wreath of hair,
Sharp skewer-wit, fools not gladly suffered,
But in his heart there was music.
Boat Photo: Bam's Facebook page
Bigelow's Bluff house photo: courtesy of the author
Title of the poem was also the title of the journal that William Sturgis Bigelow kept while on Tuckernuck: http://tuckernuckjim.tripod.com/hidden/id17.html