Two Squid and Six Whales

Though the island’s small 
Room enough for a whale’s grave 
One of six Right Whales 
Deaths big enough to warrant 
News coverage and necropsies 
 
Almost escaping notice 
Two squid long lean tentacled 
Lying obscenely 
Motionless in the white sand 
Of no importance 

This seems too public an end 
For such a private creature 
Cellphone cameras 
Killing curiosity 
With unsparing light
 
The death of a squid 
Cannot be known–let alone 
Its under wave ways 
Its liquid life lived in dark 
Waters sparkling in the sun

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Depth Charge: This poem echoes one of my earliest poems. A Sunday Drive to the Sea

Charlottetown Harbour 4 AM

How quick the clouds are
To cover the full Moon’s light
In its final hour
Dark woods full of sleeping crows
Dark waters full of unknown

All week long people
Made strangers by passing time
Have been surfacing
Thrown up by the tides of chance
In memory’s tattered nets

Scraps of history
Causal conversation
Luminescent facts
Bright irresistible lures
Dangled before razor teeth

A strip of street lights
And a well-worn wooden path
Suffice for purpose
Desire grows with the unseen
Pluto shadowing the Moon

While Venus rising
Promises summer pleasures
Wild rose fresh bay leaf
Sun and wind on exposed skin
And salt drying on the lips

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Last Day of Lobster Season

On the horizon 
Last day of lobster season 
Having pulled its traps 
A white boat returns to port 
Trailing ravenous white kites 
 
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A Party Postponed

 

Bright rainbow necklace
Strung–Berri to Papineau
A party postponed
May pissed on the parade–still
The rain dances in the streets

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Depth Charge: Once again Ste Catherine Street has been closed to traffic and the length of the Gay Village has been strung with a rainbow of plastic balls.

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Now I know fish sing

Now I know fish sing
Like the birds at dusk and dawn
Strangeness fills my heart
With a gladness—submarine
Their choral celebrations

Mark each arriving
Each passing day—til the day
This is forgotten—
Why should our memories last
Forever—when love  will not

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Depth Charge: Scientists have been listening in on the songs sung by fish in coral reefs.

 

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5 AM Fresh Fallen Snow

Thump! Rattle! Rumble!
Grating! Humming! Beep! Beep! Beep!
Scrape. Plough. Grind. Repeat.

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The Joke of Hope

Frigid silhouettes
Against the grey morning sky
Show the overreach
Hope from last summer’s rushed growth
Mocked by this winter’s cold winds

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Which I—for a while—was one

Was I perhaps wrong
Not to have dreams hopes and plans
For you who seemed full
Of bright desires of your own
Which I—for a while—was one

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My wintertime companions

Every morning
Sun lighting icy branches
I hear them exclaim
My wintertime companions
Birds rejoicing in this hour

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Nothing Really

What is there to say
About the alley snow white
With white steam rising
Softly from the dryer vents
Two delicate seahorses

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