Wyeth titled this painting Pentecost in part because it was composed on Pentecost Island. I called my poem Nets for obvious reasons. I’ve always loved the painting but it was when I came across an interview with Wyeth explaining how he saw these nets and what they signified that I felt compelled to write. Pemaquid Point, which Wyeth referenced in his interview, is one of my favorite places on the coast of Maine and is special because I had a small memorial service for my grandmother there years ago. It’s really a spiritual place where the rocks jut out into the Atlantic and that concurrence of peace and fury when the waves smash and swamp the rocks, reminds us that it’s also a place of nature’s violence. I would have included the poem here, but WordPress was having none of my carefully constructed format. The poem won the Briar Cliff Review Award (scroll to bottom of page, the link to ‘Nets’ is on the far right) in 2011 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize that year.