June 25, 2018
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The Carrying Place

By Gus Bombard, Special to the BDN

Marker in central Maine where Benedict Arnold’s expedition portaged their bateaux on their way up the Kennebec River to attack the British at Quebec in late September and early October 1775.

It has a colonial, archaic flavor.

When whispered (the carrying place),

it seeps conspiracy.

It marks the century

of its greatest need,

when history fought at the doorstep.

A place to carry over,

to portage a canoe,

help pull across a wagon filled

with fire tempered lives.

The place to: carry women heavy

with coming centuries;

drive horse-pulled wagons filled

with grain, boots polished for war,

moccasined leggings; make stealthy

crossings for unrecorded reasons,

fulfilling unwritten histories.

The helping place where

hands need be strong, not friendly,

that lives may flow into heritage.

Gus Bombard lives in Old Town.

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