(The far edge of Gooseberry Island, Westport, MA)

In the little seaside town of Padanaram in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, black ducks often gather at the edge of the inlet where boats are moored in the summer. In the fall all, or almost all, the boats leave as do the summer people. But the black ducks remain.

I remember a conversation I had along the shoreline years ago during which my walking companion said he felt so