People from Maine

People from Maine don’t bullshit.
They tend to be persnickety and often laconic.
Why use ten words
when three will do?

People from Maine rarely honk their horns.
After all, what’s the hurry?
What’s a few seconds of waiting?
I mean, really.

People from Maine are generous.
If you run out of wood or food,
they’ll give you some of theirs, usually.
Unless they don’t have any of either, either.

People from Maine make up words.
Like dooryard. And unthaw.
And yes, that famous affirmative,

People from Maine appreciate what is left unsaid,
the unarticulated, the inarticulable.
Love that’s sometimes unspoken,
anger that’s often unexpressed,
intensity of feeling that is better left to the wordless world.