I took a sharp knife

I took a sharp knife
And stabbed myself in the heart
More necessary
Surgery than suicide
But I murdered half the moon

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Montreal becomes film noir

After an ice storm
Montreal becomes film noir
Femme fatale icy
Cold beautiful dangerous
To fools who try to cross her

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We know your heart burns

In this hard winter
Of heavy snows icy cold
We know your heart burns
Aflame with biting white heat
Irreplaceable losses

Our emotions sing
Bereft of a loved one’s touch
They cannot withstand
The turmoil of our bodies
We cage them in fragile words

So I offer you
These few lines of shared sorrow
Born of discordance
Deep and dissonant feelings
Unified in common song

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for EG

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The Homeowner Sexuals

I see all these men
With their summer lawn mowers
Winter snow blowers
For lawns cars they cut and blow
Me? I’m more blow and cut out

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Winter thaw

Flash—winter lightning 
Noiseless on the horizon 
Crash—melting ice slides  
From the roof to the backyard 
Breaks itself and the silence 
 
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Sex with friends living and dead

I’d never had sex
With quite so many pale ghosts
Dead friends ex-lovers
Watching wide-eyed and silent
When you possessed me—they sighed

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Unless you are dead

Unless you are dead
Then you’re very much alive
“Ain’t no use whining,”
Said a friend who’s dead to me,
“Let’s live or get in the ground.”

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The Flowers Fatal

The flowers fatal
In their blooming transient
Spare time for the breeze
Make room for the honey bees
Show indifference to me

Best the stars remain
Safe in deceptive distance
If shining lures us
Into their silver river
First we’d freeze—only to burn

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Depth Charge: I was invited by Joseph Moutran to the technical rehearsal for his Schubert recital, as I will be unable to attend the concert. Listening to him, this is what occurred. Thanks, Joseph.

Die schöne Müllerin / La belle meunière/The Beautiful Miller’s Daughter
The entire song cycle by Franz Schubert, with poetry by Wilhelm Müller, presented with French and English subtitles.
Performed by Joseph Moutran – Baryton, François Zeitouni, piano.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Chapelle St-Louis, 4230 Rue Drolet, Montréal, QC H2W 2L4
Tickets at the door.

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The Ephemeral Blues for Reuel Dechene

Have fun while ya can
Fate’s an awful thing
You can’t tell what might happen
That’s why I love to sing
– T-Bone Shuffle by T-Bone Walker

Singing all the songs
This wide world could not fill in
Our silent spaces
Grieving you we discover
How profound this emptiness

We hear your laugh echoing
Across the millennium
Feel ghostly traces
Measured in milliseconds
Somewhere in our minds

Ephemeral noise
Of fragile grace amazing
In its resistance
To time’s persistent 12-bar
4/4 stroll into the void

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for Reuel Dechene 1965-2017

Celebration of Reuel’s Life
Saturday, November 4, 2-5
Blythe Bernier Funeral Home
940 Avenue Ogilvy, Montréal, QC H3N 1P4
Everyone welcome.

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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