Two Figures in a Winter Landscape

Two figures in a winter landscape

This year two tributary rivers
The Hillsborough and the North Rivers

Offered up one suicide a piece
To the salt of Charlottetown harbour

Now almost erased by ice and snow
I see two dark shapes together move

Two figures in a winter landscape
I wonder whether it is safe out there

Will the ice support their combined weight
Will they suddenly be swallowed

By the cold hungry waters with their
Appetite for human suffering

I watched them recede from a distance
They disappeared behind the lighthouse

Vanished in each other’s company
What became of them we cannot say

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I learned very late to love birds

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I learned very late to love birds
I regret it a little
But now it’s all arranged
from Birds, at Random by Jacques Prévert

It was the sound of distress
That focused my attention
On the tall spruce tree
Repeated
High pitched
This was no love call
As I watched and listened
Failing to pinpoint the source

A hawk suddenly launched into flight
x     Gliding low and slow
x               Apparently unable
x           Or uninterested
x      In eating the alarmist
Three crows appeared on the scene
Began their sequential assaults
  x        The hawk glided lazily away
  x              The three crows swirling
x          Black electrons
 x    Circling a nucleus
Simultaneously repellent and attractive

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Depth Charge: One of the many pleasures that a trip to Prince Edward Island affords is a visit to The Bookman bookstore, whose shelves never fail to contain a surprise and a delight. This time it was a stained paperback from the Penguin Modern European Poets series, number 3 of 6, Selections from ‘Paroles’ by Jacques Prévert, translated and introduced by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

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Three friends of winter

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Constant companions
x     Evergreen     —spruce, fir and pine
Three friends of winter
x     Resolute        —under the weight
x     Fragrant        —even through the cold

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Depth Charge:  Spurred on by John Mackenzie’s (mis)translation of a poem on the wall of a Korean restaurant, I found an article on the Four Gentlemen/四君子, which led me to an article about the Three Friends of Winter/岁寒三友.

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Boxing Day 2013

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Your red blood reduced
To grey ashes once sleek bones
Now charred and brittle
Twelve years ago I carried
A small black box that was you

Onto the north shore
On a warm summer evening
Under starry skies
The waves washed over my feet
Washed what was once you away

Now you cannot tell
Where shore ends and sea begins
All is white snow ice
At the horizon cold dark
Water blends into striped sky

Layered and subtle
Mutable as memory
Landscape of ceaseless
Change that contains your blood
Sea salted with your dried bones

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(for Bob Read)

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Disguised as revealing light

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This is what I saw
A fox and a mourning dove
On Christmas morning
They were all that moved outside
In the silence of the snow

Later two black crows
Squabbled noisily over
Buried mysteries
A white world of absences
Disguised as revealing light

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December came hard

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December came hard
Driving sleet and drifting snow
Surprised? Had we let
The warming planet lull us
Into dumb forgetfulness

That this month must be gravestone
Cold—forcing us to huddle
Around Christmas trees
Share meals—while winds endlessly
Whisper soft one word

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Depth charge: This is partially a response poem to John Mackenzie’s Muffled In Late December Snow and the seasonal continuation of my poem After Reading “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” by Walt Whitman. It is also another experiment in Mirrored Tanka.

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Winter Walk to Work

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Kill all the pigeons
There’s enough stupidity
Too much ugliness
In the world without pigeons
I am in favour of crows

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Even as snow falls
Passing the boulangerie
The pastry fragrance
Fills my head with tasty thoughts
Chocolatines and snowflakes

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