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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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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Vigil

No ten thousand people
Not even ten thousand times ten thousand
Can return to life the six Muslim men
Killed by a single malicious man
But we stand in the cold listening
With silent incomprehension
To a prayer offered to the dead
Behind us two men chant
In rhythms with the speaker
And to our left two small children
Laugh as they play in the snow
Oblivious to the growing crowd
Because they have not been taught
To hate
Yet

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(for Azzeddine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Mamadou Tanou,  Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane)

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For Now (New Year’s Day 2017)

Back home on the back balcony
The sun breaking through the blue
The cold wind of New Year’s Day
Excites yesterday’s snow into life
Sharpens memories
Of you sitting wrapped
x    And warm beside the fire
Of our parting embrace
x    My arms around your tiny frame
x    Your face beautiful and old
x    Pressed against my chest
x    My lifetime contained within yours
For now
x    The heart you gave me beats next to yours
For now
x    The breath you breathed into me we share
For now

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for FMG

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Our sprawling cities

x                                Our sprawling cities
No longer have space for trees
Or even the dead
To feed them—our memories
x                               Become crumbling museums

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Some assembly is required

For awhile they burned
Embers red hot in my mind
Ever present bright
Now they are scattered ashes
Dull grey lost along the way

Things that were once shared
Become the sole property
Of others—castoff
Childhood toys with a warning
Some assembly is required

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Foul-mouthed Sweet People

As you’d say, “Fuckface,
You’ve been dead sixteen years now. ”
If you could know though
You would know—not forgotten
Still there are silent spaces

You once filled for us all with
Profanity and kindness

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Depth Charge: Written on the 16th Anniversary of Bob Read’s death.

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I Love-Hate a Parade

And I hate that now
When RBC Bank parades
In dark royal blue—
Your first march with them the last
I would see you alive—tears

At least we did kiss
And you walked away—laughing
As far as final
Memories go that’s not bad
Others have simply faded

Each year the minute
Of silence grows more crowded
Faces voices dimmed
A sea of strangers all lost
In their shared humanity

So Gay Pride leaves me
Light headed heavy hearted
Remembering all
Not just every disco
But all the funerals too

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Blooming Point: A Short Conversation with a Nude Eighty-Year-Old Man

Grandfather sold cod to the Portuguese.
Later in life he lost his sight, they said
He had been struck by lightning while at sea,
Which seemed strange to me. After he was dead
I learned glaucoma was the real reason.
I guess lightning made sense enough back then,
When poetry stood in for medicine.
Nineteen fifty-four was my first time here,
It already had its reputation
And there was a sense of danger and fear.
If someone you knew saw you they knew why
You were here and, for a while, a Mountie
In full uniform would patrol, swooning
From the heat as we made out in the dunes.

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Depth Charge: Blooming Point is a spectacular beach on the north shore of Prince Edward Island and, for as long as I can remember, a section of it has been an unofficial nude beach. This summer after a conversation with an man in his 80s on the beach, I learned its history as a nudist beach was much longer than I had thought.

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Fuckin’ Right We Stole the Rainbow

Fuckin’ right we stole the rainbow
Because long before Orlando
We taught hatred how to laugh
And we showed pain how to dance
Fuckin’ right we stole the rainbow

But we’re not greedy and we’ll share
Naked clothed or in underwear
Polyamorous gender fluid
Let’s get down! Let’s fuckin’ do it!

Fuckin’ right we claimed full marriage
Because the way you’d disparage
Our relationships as lesser
We’ve rewritten the book of love
Fuckin’ right we claimed full marriage

But we’re not greedy and we’ll share
Naked clothed or in underwear
Polyamorous gender fluid
Let’s get down! Let’s fuckin’ do it!

Fuckin’ right we redefined gay
We didn’t like the way you’d say
Pansy faggot lezzie fruit
You turned queer into a sneer
Fuckin’ right we redefined gay

But we’re not greedy and we’ll share
Naked clothed or in underwear
Polyamorous gender fluid
Let’s get down! Let’s fuckin’ do it!

Fuckin’ right we’ve taken back pride
Because we no longer want to  hide
We refuse to play those sordid
Religious games of blame and shame
Fuckin’ right we’ve taken back pride

But we’re not greedy and we’ll share
Naked clothed or in underwear
Polyamorous gender fluid
Let’s get down! Let’s fuckin’ do it!

Fuckin’ right we stole the rainbow
Because long before Orlando
We taught hatred how to laugh
And we showed pain how to dance
Fuckin’ right we stole the rainbow

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Depth Charge: My visit home to Prince Edward Island this year coincided with PEI Pride 2016.  One of the events was a Poetry Slam organized by AIDS PEI and held at BEANZ Café. I threw together this rant the day before the event and presented it.

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