Monhegan Island (Maine)
by Larry D. Thomas

The shipwrecks,
say the locals,
off its windward side
number in the hundreds,

its windward side
where the ocean
drops immediately
to a depth

of three hundred feet
beneath its cliffs
of solid,
vertical granite

rising to a height
of one hundred ten feet,
both the steepest
and the highest

of the Atlantic seaboard.
The mammoth sea swells
battering the granite
are spectacular,

for the lurid,
whether sightseer
or suicide.

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