Archive | June 2014

Fred Yannantuono on Writing “Gulls at Point Judith”

“Gulls at Point Judith” was written in a deep well of loneliness for my daughter, whom I used to take on holiday many summers back to Block Island by the ferry which left from Point Judith. Eventually she grew up and found her own life, after which I would revisit Block on my own, and on the occasion which sparked the poem, a troubled child confronted me on the ferry deck, maybe indeed “sensing my bereavement,” but in any case reigniting emotions long gone.

The words “we” in the first stanza, and “us” in the last stanza, are wishful thinking, actually relating to present passengers, but emotionally a nostalgic cry for having been there with my daughter long ago, hoisting her to the wonders of the wind and waves.