© Maya Rose/rosiearts@gmail.com
© Maya Rose/rosiearts@gmail.com

Where I first put my arm around you.
Clad in red coats
and autumn hats,
we walked from the Farmers’ Market,
bags of basil in hand,
then arm in arm.
The dog waited.

Where so much music has been made.
Echoing through Lowertown
where the shade of the stage
and the wind and the leaves
made sense of that Saturday.

Where a fine cup of coffee
cut through foggy minds.
We spread our blankets on grass
and listened.

Later, on rocky terrain
near the river
we climbed and
as we carried the dog.
We’d left the basil behind

but I had a foreign feeling
that everything was all right.

Martin Devaney is a songwriter born and raised in Saint Paul. Nicknamed “The Mayor,” he has released five full-length albums, including most recently The West End, and studied creative writing at the U of M.

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Maya Rose is a painter and doll maker who lives in an artist cooperative in Lowertown. She has lived in Minnesota all her life, where, she admits, winters can be long, but you learn to treasure the warmth of the sun and the sweet personality of each changing season.