Ingrid Bruck is wild flower gardener and a poet inspired by nature. She lives in Amish country in Pennsylvania. This site shocases selected works by her.

Star of the Sea - Published by: Anthology - River Poets Journal 2016, Volume 10, Issue 1, Special Edition: A Collection of Signature Poems

Star of the Sea


I cry for Stella Maris after Hurricane Sandy

when I visit at the end of summer.

Sandy trips off of people’s tongues everyday

as if the storm hit yesterday. 

The hurricane sucked sand from the land back in the sea, 

threw up dirt, sea water, fish, trash. 

I walk the fence along the back of the property

with signs marked “Danger”.

Aftershocks don’t stop.


Gone is the wild flower garden,

only one post from the clothesline

tilts toward the house

to escape the tangled lines that pull it seaward.

The pavilion washed away in the storm

and I can’t walk down to the shore

or sit on a bench to watch the ocean at daybreak.

Each morning sunrise gets caught

in the grid of a chain link fence

that frames the shore with piles of boards 

and bits of broken lives.


I lean against the fence 

that stands between me and the sea

to get as close as I can

to a dune rose bush that hangs off the bluff.

Torn from the front of the pavilion, 

its roots brush air, 

most leaves are salt brown,

but it still bears tenacious blossoms. 

A butterfly lands on a dusk pink rose

pollinating hope.


(Fist Published in Howl of Sorrow:  Poems Inspired by Hurricane Sandy, Long Branch Art Council, c 2015)


Date Published in River Poets Journal 2016: May 17, 2016


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