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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All the Forgotten Gods

I would think of all the forgotten gods
But how to conjure from oblivion
The most powerful of them all—Absence?
How to recall what we don’t know is gone

Come a day the way I sense your presence
The smell of the small of your neck the feel
Of your skin the smile of your face tensing
You enter me to reveal the unreal

Strange this light we share in our mirrored eyes
Must be ever receding memory
An echo no power known can preserve
These words this language our love all will be

Forgotten and moreover forgotten
A spiral into the unremembered

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(for Cutty)

Depth Charge: Yes, I have been watching  and reading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

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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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How to Pirouette on a Little Piece of Queer

Harry Giles asked the panel
How they deal
With being the token piece of queer
When allowed to speak
By the mainstream
When the well-meaning feign
Love
While they do everything
They can still
To kill

You
Own it
Said Anne-Marie MacDonald
Use your toe-hold to maintain
Poise
To get the lay of the land
Listen carefully to see
If you are among friends
Enemies or chameleons
Use good manners
These at least will keep us
For stabbing each other in the eye
With our forks

Nick Comilla said this was a challenge
He had yet to face
As he operates
Within chosen confines
Of the sub-culture
Growing
Strong

Sometimes said Kai Cheng Thom
You should stab them
In the fucking eye
With your fork
Toss a grenade onto
The unceded territory
Blow it the fuck up

And pirouette away

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Depth Charge: This piece of re-poet-age, and the license that implies, sprang from The Violet Hour panel held this morning as part of Blue Metropolis.
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Pass Fail

We all fail the test
Of time with flying colours
We all pass the test

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This winter storm snows my heart

This winter storm snows my heart
xxxxxxxxxxxUnder
xxxMemories of you layered
xxxxxxxxxxxAbove
xxxMe in perfected release
xxxxxxxxxxxBeside
xxxxOurselves delirious
xxxxxxxxxxxFrom
xxThe warmth we generated
xxxxxxxxxxxThen
xLet dissipate like this storm
xxxxxxxxxxxInto
xxxxxImagined isolation
xxxxxxxxxxxNow

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Depth Charge: Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate Brenda Schmidt posted this status update on Facebook: “All this snow storms my heart!” And her sentence stormed this poem into existence.

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In case the rain brings with it cold winds

 

This won’t be the first time I’ve fled
Dying love and self-constructed
Prisons of desperate routine
Those amulets of denial
Rubbed one too many times always
Fail to keep the wolf at the door
Once we howled for each other’s blood
Now we curl up contented tame
Listening to the rain—waiting
To see who’ll make the first move
The slightest twitch and one or both
May make a break for somefarwhere

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for John Rechy

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New York Is a Nazi’s Nightmare

New York is a Nazi’s nightmare
Its multitudinous mixing
Individual communal
Organic dreams all growing
Persistent resistant to
The pale ghosts of purity
Your ostentatious impotent
Tower sings in a tone-deaf tune
A siren song to the venal greedy
Ones who will prostitute themselves
Cringing and begging for scraps
From the tables of the unjust

The Mexican woman selling
Tamales on the street corner
By the Southern Fused restaurant
The busloads of Jewish children
Playing within earshot of drums
Pounding Peruvian rhythms
As an elderly black man walks
Down his street with his leather cap
Declaring the truth I Am Culture
A mix forged from war and horror
Slavery prejudice plague-forced
Migration that has made us strong
Passing a concert hall where we
Wept at the beauty of a song
By a woman who loves women
And dreamed with a man who loves men
About making a better world

You who can only see yourself
When you look into a mirror
Unlike we who can see ourselves
In our fellow humans’ faces
You will perpetrate a million
Unnecessary cruel petty
Injustices and sow sorrows
Where there should be joy and laughter
And we’ll remember those who fall
Victim to your sterilizing
Fantasies and death-dealing schemes
We’ll outlast outlive outlove you
With our songs sinuous and strong

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