April Ice Storm

If the city were—
Sensible—it would simply
Pause—wait for the ice
To melt in its own good time—
Mad clocks keep it grinding on

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The Queen Bee in Wintertime

Imprisoned in ice
With an army of sisters
Soon for a season
Nectar pollen sweet honey
She dreams a community

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Join me on the darkening shore

There! In the red west
Where waves struggle with the sky
To pull the sun down
They’ll win their battle–again
Wait! The shadows will be ours

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Depth Charge: The image accompanying this poem is a painting by  Christine Trainor , Unfinished Sky, oil on canvas, recently purchased by the Prince Edward Island Art Bank.

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Moon over Hochelaga

Why doesn’t the moon
Seem as important down here?
Up from the river
Below the mountain—it shines
Still—on the streets heads downturned

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Denied a proud robe of words

Denied a proud robe of words
She chooses to dance naked
To music rhythmic
Private in deepest logic
Her public heart beats

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Depth Charge: For my birthday Lynn Henry gave me a copy of Mary Beard’s “Women & Power”, a book of the type I love, a small book of infinite beauty in which the intellect sparkles like sunlight on surface of a deep sea of wisdom.  I wrote this poem after reading the first essay in which she describes the deep cultural and historic roots of excluding women from public speech, like the essay itself, I hope it hints at the power that will drive future progress.

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In another mother tongue

Landscape a language
No one is able to speak
Felt like sea breezes
In another mother tongue
Shadowed on faraway hills

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for Christine Trainor 

Depth Charge: In an article about her Cornish language album Le Kov, Gwenno says “Cornish is a dark language, very close to Breton, a lot more Zs and Ks and Vs, which gives it a very different texture. It probably reflects the harsh landscape of Cornwall. And it’s almost like an emotional shield. Singing in Cornish, I thought, ‘Wow, no one understands me!’ I can get lost, and everyone else has to get lost, because what else can they do? It allows me to escape and find freedom in music. There’s something magical about that.” This made me think of the beautiful landscapes painted by Christine Trainor.

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Need the sea be more

Need the sea be more
Than endless waves of motion
Life-cradling water
The siren song of the grave’s
Ultimate mystery

And what are the tides
But the desperate reaching
Of the lonely seas
For the ever-receding
Moon as it inches away

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Depth Charge:  “The moon also appears to orbit Earth unchangingly and always equal to itself, whereas in reality it is slowly moving away. This is because it raises tides, and the tides heat the sea a little, thus exchanging energy with the moon. ” – from Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli.

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Truth is a blind fish

Truth is a blind fish 
Swimming sightless and silent 
In a deep dark sea 
 
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Depth Charge: As with all complex subjects, the more you learn, the more you realize you how much you still do not know.

“Truth is in the depths,” Democritus, quoted in Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli.

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Be Pretty : A Lyric in Search of a Song

Ma maman m’a dit
Sois poli si tu n’es pas joli
But, mom, why behave
When there’s Revlon and Loreal

Be pretty if you’re not polite
Dress well if you’re not nice

Gimme Gimme Gimme
Comme des Garçons et Mizrahi
I want I want I want
Jean-Paul Gaultier Yves St-Laurent

Vilaine comme un singe
Je m’habille toujours comme un archange
I may be foul-mouthed
Who gives a fuck if I’m well turned-out

Be pretty if you’re not polite
Dress well if you’re not nice

Gimme Gimme Gimme
Comme des Garçons et Mizrahi
I want I want I want
Jean-Paul Gaultier Yves St-Laurent

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Depth Charge: A search on my hard drives dragged this 20-year-old lyric to the surface, the corpse of a man from a completely forgotten murder.

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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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