Flowering beech tree,

shades my home from hot weather,

gives a touch of grace.


George Chappell is Rockland resident and former member of The Courier-Gazette news staff. He leads Veterans Writing for Life, which meets Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Walsh History Center at Camden Public Library.

The Courier-Gazette will feature quality poems of local authors in this space. If you would like to submit a poem, please email it to News Editor Dan Dunkle at ddunkle@courierpublicationsllc.com or mail it to 91 Camden St., Suite 403, Rockland, ME 04841. Please be sure to include your name, address, daytime phone number and a little information about the poet. No profanity or explicit material, please. 500 words or less preferred.