Listening

The sound of a passing train is urgent music. It calls us to dream of
far away places, Vienna, Dar-es-Salaam, Lima … to make a change, to take
a leap into the unknown …

LISTENING

heard a train

felt its thunder
thrum my length of bone
and knew the message:                                 

“don’t stay in one place
move on, change
day to hour

“when dawn rattles on the window
open and let her in

“when life knocks at the door
go out to meet her

“there’s no vision as stale
as the track not taken
so listen and hold the sound
in your blood”

 

first published in 7Beats Here and Now

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Frame and the McGuireFrame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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Nowhere to go

This comes from out of left field as I thought of long ago class rooms,
reunions, and where we go after school … February and grey days that bring back memories and wondering where people went, what they did, what they became …

NOWHERE TO GO

the class of ‘69 remembers
the stranger who took both sidewalks     
from outside the school
tied them together
put them in his backpack
and carried the road
to the horizon

we are left
with familiarity on the doorstep
and a longing for the man
who stole
the way out of town

 

first published in Ken*Again

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my scans - after 18 112 cover To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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Lost

It’s Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and Saint Valentine’s Day today, February 14. The latter started as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honouring an early saint named Valentinus. It’s not a public holiday but it’s a big celebration around the world, one way to honour our spouse, partner, our nearest and dearest …

LOST

I found the words
hidden behind the tea caddy         
slipped into obscurity
after an afternoon use

once they appeared
flattened by a magazine

then they fell
off the bathroom shelf
with your toothbrush
during a cleaning session

each time I held
shook them
used them again
“I love you”

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9781771333054_FC‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.
From Inanna Publications, May 2016.

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When one Sparrow Falls

This month’s birth flowers are the violet and the common primrose; birthstone is the amethyst, which symbolizes piety, humility, spiritual wisdom, and sincerity, all quiet attributes for what is essentially a quiet month though it includes Black History Month, Food Freedom Day in Canada on the 8th, Random Acts of Kindness Week from 12th to 18th, and World Day of Social Justice on the 20th… And now a touch of sadness …

WHEN ONE SPARROW FALLS

the sparrow flies
into a cat’s mouth
feathers drifting                                       
into dust
there’s the whisper of shrouds
along the fence line
a dirge of crows
among high cedars
before dusk
rings their watch-night

I leave a trail of flowers
through the cemetery
looking for the sparrow that fell
caught in mourning wreathes
and buried unknown

 

first published by Other__

 

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Frame and the McGuireFrame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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A Community

I live in a small community, which we refer to as ‘the village’, but it’s
alive, robust, with a chocolatérie, medical clinic, drugstore, corner store … all the things one needs from day to day, and then some …

A COMMUNITY

in any town that’s alive
you will hear the thump                                         
of drums  beat of guitar

gossip rolling through
the coffee shop
to a latte melody

Dodge Rams roaring
from sign to sign
out to wide farms

rusted Toyotas rattling
to stops outside
beauty salon or bank

these the undercurrents
of voices that charge
accounts and news

from street to avenue
from business to home
to the monthly newspaper

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my scans - after 18 112 coverTo Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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Weather or Not

No matter what the sky does, fog, rain, snow, or cloud, the earth
turns and we have another day with its dark times and then its bursts
of incredible joy …

WEATHER OR NOT

I take rain                                                
from cupped leaves
and whisper of morning

the sun lures me
from my desk
to carol with showers

drumming against
roof and rain-barrel
so   head tipped

I catch thunder
behind closed eyes
brush it over grass

and   when I look
there’s a cascade
of snowdrops

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9781771333054_FCA Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art. From Inanna Publications, 2016.

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3 Ocean Haiku

I live on an island so the ocean has an influence on my life, and the lives of those around me. The creek that runs nearby, the birds on the beaches, even aerial traffic, they are all part of our daily lives …

 

the creek runs                                 
to the ocean –
bent reeds

 

sandpipers
browse the shells
ebb tide

 

a float plane rocks
at the wharf
a mallard

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Frame and the McGuireNEW! Frame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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