By Eric Schoonover
When they put up the signs NO PUBLIC TOILETS
I’ll know. And when the daffodils bloom in
front of the bank on Rogers and the gulls
fight and flutter over the chimneys, I’ll know.
When the sailing team yanks their amazing 420s through
the wretched gusts in the harbor; and when the
night thermometer reads 38 and it’s rain and rain,
then I’ll know its spring in Gloucester . . . maybe.
Eric Schoonover is a writer who does enjoy Gloucester’s spring. Eric is also a boatbuilder and watercolorist, who lives in Gloucester in a small 1735 Cape Ann cottage with his wife, also a writer. He is the author of the award-winning The Gloucester Suite and Other Poems and a novel, Flowers of the Sea. His latest book, Telling Tales, has just been published.