The Student

Some encounters are so short they almost don’t count. I see someone on the street, eyes meet, we exchange a look, a nod – and then it’s over. We’ll probably never see each other again. But just for that moment …

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THE STUDENT

camera in hand                                                        IMG_2896 A
he paused to study
cherry blossom

I waited
at the stop light
until he focused
the lens

the light
changed
I drove away

I don’t know
if he took
the photo

but he turned
smiled at me

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summerfathercoverA Summer Father … poems as deceptively simple and cunning as a sniper’s bullet. This book is a Remembrance Day poppy. Dave Margoshes

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Apple Spring

Good Friday precedes Easter Sunday. In other words, dark times are followed by joy, clouds by sunshine, night by day, tears by laughter. Just the way it is: the changes guaranteed by life. So, we’ll survive Good Friday, and have a Happy Easter …

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APPLE SPRING

the apple tree   shy                                         IMG_6571 apple blossom
with closed blossom
waits until
I am not looking

it stirs
flexes a little

branches edge
with white flowers
surprise muted
at the swiftness
of arrival

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willow treegirl8The Willow Tree Girl “… perfect for children in the 7-11-year-old bracket who love to read. …The characters are life-like and the plot intriguing …” Elizabeth Symon. Find it at Smashwords

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Spring Senryu

The sounds of spring are as varied as music: birds, joggers, wind in lilac, lawn-mowers, click of cameras. There are lots more, listen and count the variety of sounds; here are a few  …

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short lengths                                                IMAG0626..blog..
of silence -
chain-saw

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teen on
roller-blades -
street centre-line

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easel
on the patio …
brush-strokes

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The first was published in ‘Lynx‘, the second in ‘Spin‘, the third in ‘Ascent Aspirations

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willow treegirl8The Willow Tree Girl “… perfect for children in the 7-11-year-old bracket who love to read. …The characters are life-like and the plot intriguing …” Elizabeth Symon. Find it at Smashwords

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Handful of Air

I worry about water in our rivers, the ocean, and then what about the air we breathe? Is it safe? What kind of gunk are we ingesting with every lungful? Here’s my solution …

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HANDFUL OF AIR

without a pocket                                          060
how do I carry air
for clean breathing
when smoke and toxins
cloud the sky?

I have sewn pockets
into shirts and socks
bras and jumpsuits
for when air is taxed
then I will have secret
safe oxygen
to take out
and inhale

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The Lawyer

We’ve been getting our wills organized which has involved visits to a lawyer. I’m intrigued by legal language, people talk of it as convoluted but I find it, within the seeming verbosity, singularly precise: it says exactly what’s intended …

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029..2.21.14THE LAWYER

papers piled
on his desk
in    he says
coherent system

one hand lifts                                     026..2.21.14
to a yellow file
my name tabbed
in black ink

other folders
stay   balanced
as he opens

reads   corrects
in meager space
remaining within
the systematic
disorder

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summerfathercoverA Summer Father … terse, imagistic lines; … It’s not nostalgia that we experience but quiet, poignant grief. Richard Stevenson

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daffodil haiku

They trumpet ‘spring is here’! We have daffodils all over the place, they take over where the snowdrops began, in great waves of rich yellow, bringing down the sunshine …

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daffodils bend toward the sun daylight saving

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IMG_2996..2.17.14a bank of
tossing daffodils
spring morning

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sunrise -
daffodils along
the yew hedge

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‘sunrise’ first published in Electronic Poetry Network 

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thoseblueshoescoverThose Blue Shoes for ages 7-11 … Weston’s … skill in juggling time past with time present … the plot unfolds with fast-paced action, mystery, suspense and even a ghost. Joan Givner

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The Address

I’m sure we’ve all seen sleeping bags under bridges, in culverts, people dossed down in doorways. Does giving money help? Or is a smile, a greeting, enough? Low-cost housing in every city on the continent would help …

THE ADDRESS

he lived under bridges                                  bridge, Sask.with R&M.
north   south   sea to sea
here      back
ten years plus

come summer
breeze blows downriver
ripples water
people’s chatter

Founder’s Day
he picks up tired hot-dogs
forgotten fries

winter    puts newspaper                              069
under an arch
begs Sally Ann duvet
sleeps in clothes
lifted from garage sales

some nights he near freezes
to cold clear stars

who would house him
with no job
no Social Insurance Number?

he owns only
his name

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A Summer Father … Here is poetry … interweaving images culled from a wartime childhood with bittersweet memories of a “summer father”. Lynda Monahan

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