'Like a huge jewel'

  Polished moonstone.

Polished moonstone.

‘’The house lit by moonlight

On the snow, glows inside

Like a huge jewel, a moonstone

Or opal.

The whole house

Shimmers with its freight

Of living souls, and the souls

Of disembodied memory’’

-- From “Another Full Moon,’’ by famed Maine poet Kate Barnes (1932-2013). She was the daughter of Henry Beston, whose book The Outermost House, set in Cape Cod’s dunes, is a classic of nature writing. Her mother, Elizabeth Coatsworth, was a distinguished poet, among other writings.