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a linocut of a cairn in Acadia National Park marking the peak of Conners Nubble by Leslie Moore of PenPets. A book illustration for Saving Nails by Thomas R. Moore.
Conners Nubble
Book Illustration from Saving Nails
by Thomas R. Moore
5" X 7"


On the trail, water—ice an hour earlier—
trickles down the adjusted stones. At 9:00 a. m.

we reach the summit, elevation 588 feet,
you naming buds and shrubs along the way.

Morning hangs like a pearl over Eagle Lake.
Cadillac rises to the east, Blue Hill to the west.

South, the Bubbles, Katahdin, perhaps,
on the northern horizon. Green lichens and

mosses litter the granite, and maple buds
brush the valley to a reddish glow. Fishermen’s

voices echo from a far corner of the lake. Back
on the carriage road three girls chatter,

one in a Cottage Care sweatshirt. They dart
between the coping-stones to the water, grin,

snap selfies, and text them away on a laugh.
In a thicket a ruffed grouse revs his accelerating

love-song, and a middle-aged couple puffs
up a rise on rented bikes along the immaculate

corridor. In a cove a pair of common mergansers
paddle amiably along, the male’s back a smear

of dazzling white above the blue. And
all the while I’m writing this to you.

Thomas R. Moore