Mindfulness Exercise

The next time you are at table, 
And someone mentions mindfulness, 
Start talking about masturbation. 
Point out the similarities  
Between the two undertakings. 
Both are done when you’re alone, or, 
Somewhat paradoxically,  
They can be group activities.  
You can lend a hand by leading  
Mutual meditation sessions, 
A shared psychic circle jerk off. 
On occasion either action  
May be seen in a public park. 
Both are equally suitable  
Topics for dinner conversation.  
 
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Two Tankas and a Realization

Two mornings running
Now I’ve heard the geese calling
Fleeing to the south
Dragging winter in their wake
Promising peace and quiet

Montreal morning
In a rainy back alley
The last time you felt
Will feel anything at all
For us the falling rain—cold

“This evening will be rainy.
The rain will be heavy.”
My cellphone’s weather app
Writes better poetry
Than I do.

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Counting Non-Binary Digital Sheep

You cannot call me a liar
When I have yet to hear the truth
I cannot call you a cheater
When neither of us knows the rules

Now the boys are all girls at heart
Adding or removing a part

The game’s become quite the puzzle
Staccato tweets and viral memes
Endless rounds of pass the muzzle
Chasing androids’ electric dreams

Now the girls are all boys at heart
Removing or adding a part

Each subtraction an addition
In the quest for a counterpart
One zero sum computation
Away from that elusive start

Rending each other limb from limb
Boys and girls take it all to heart

The online martyrdom parade
Each day urging another purge
It’s the same-old same-old lurking
Behind new mean meaningless words

Now the boys are all girls at heart
Adding or removing a part
Now the girls are all boys at heart
Removing or adding a part
Rending each other limb from limb
Boys and girls take it all to heart

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Some Reasons to Like the Rain

Why I like the rain 
Coming down on Mount Royal 
So sudden and hard 
It clears away all cyclists 
Lycra-cladthe joggers too 
 
Drug dealers appear  
To be rain averse as well 
The downpour drives them 
Out from their usual haunts 
At the forest’s dark edges 
 
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The city strange as the sea

The city strange as the sea
Never knows a true moment
Of complete silence
The predawn sky pale and calm
Still thrums noisily

Relentless as waves
Advancing and receding
Eat this small island
Alive but not from hunger
Solely from force of habit

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The Writing Is No Longer on the Wall

For months I have walked by here admiring
The bright pink heart with a halo? Bull’s horns?
A mix of Keith Haring and the Sacred
Bleeding Heart of Jesus like poetry
By Federico Garcia Lorca,
Those artists whose hearts were in the right place,
Written on the walls, scrawled for all to see,
Then hidden in a grave dark or unmarked.
But your writing’s no longer on the wall,
The passion-sprayed pink now painted over,
An invitation to new transgressions,
An absent reminder of those beauties
Doomed to exist for the briefest of stays
Because landlords prefer monotone grey.

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I Love-Hate a Parade

And I hate that now
When RBC Bank parades
In dark royal blue—
Your first march with them the last
I would see you alive—tears

At least we did kiss
And you walked away—laughing
As far as final
Memories go that’s not bad
Others have simply faded

Each year the minute
Of silence grows more crowded
Faces voices dimmed
A sea of strangers all lost
In their shared humanity

So Gay Pride leaves me
Light headed heavy hearted
Remembering all
Not just every disco
But all the funerals too

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Blooming Point: A Short Conversation with a Nude Eighty-Year-Old Man

Grandfather sold cod to the Portuguese.
Later in life he lost his sight, they said
He had been struck by lightning while at sea,
Which seemed strange to me. After he was dead
I learned glaucoma was the real reason.
I guess lightning made sense enough back then,
When poetry stood in for medicine.
Nineteen fifty-four was my first time here,
It already had its reputation
And there was a sense of danger and fear.
If someone you knew saw you they knew why
You were here and, for a while, a Mountie
In full uniform would patrol, swooning
From the heat as we made out in the dunes.

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Depth Charge: Blooming Point is a spectacular beach on the north shore of Prince Edward Island and, for as long as I can remember, a section of it has been an unofficial nude beach. This summer after a conversation with an man in his 80s on the beach, I learned its history as a nudist beach was much longer than I had thought.

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Fuckin’ Right We Stole the Rainbow

Fuckin’ right we stole the rainbow
Because long before Orlando
We taught hatred how to laugh
And we showed pain how to dance
Fuckin’ right we stole the rainbow

But we’re not greedy and we’ll share
Naked clothed or in underwear
Polyamorous gender fluid
Let’s get down! Let’s fuckin’ do it!

Fuckin’ right we claimed full marriage
Because the way you’d disparage
Our relationships as lesser
We’ve rewritten the book of love
Fuckin’ right we claimed full marriage

But we’re not greedy and we’ll share
Naked clothed or in underwear
Polyamorous gender fluid
Let’s get down! Let’s fuckin’ do it!

Fuckin’ right we redefined gay
We didn’t like the way you’d say
Pansy faggot lezzie fruit
You turned queer into a sneer
Fuckin’ right we redefined gay

But we’re not greedy and we’ll share
Naked clothed or in underwear
Polyamorous gender fluid
Let’s get down! Let’s fuckin’ do it!

Fuckin’ right we’ve taken back pride
Because we no longer want to  hide
We refuse to play those sordid
Religious games of blame and shame
Fuckin’ right we’ve taken back pride

But we’re not greedy and we’ll share
Naked clothed or in underwear
Polyamorous gender fluid
Let’s get down! Let’s fuckin’ do it!

Fuckin’ right we stole the rainbow
Because long before Orlando
We taught hatred how to laugh
And we showed pain how to dance
Fuckin’ right we stole the rainbow

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Depth Charge: My visit home to Prince Edward Island this year coincided with PEI Pride 2016.  One of the events was a Poetry Slam organized by AIDS PEI and held at BEANZ Café. I threw together this rant the day before the event and presented it.

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Clarion

piercing the window
slicing the habitual
haze of a work day
his urgency returns me
this year’s first cicada song
 
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