Tuesday, 13 December 2011


sugar bears
honey bears
rice wine vinegar bears
black bears
brown bears
off white/burnished truffle bears
sun bears
moon bears
ball bearing bears
Teddy Roosevelt picnic bears
nitpicking picky bears
grizzly bears
dizzy bears
sad cannibal polar bears
dumpster diving downtown Vancouver bears
barely bearable dancing bears
all in good time

Monday, 28 November 2011


kitten snuggle love up to thigh
stereo tubes tinkling settling ebbing
pre Christmas cactus blooms waning
(early pink upstarts fading on limbs)
avocado chip fingers sliding on keyboard
tasty tasty tasty
recollections of near miss wipeouts/icy sidewalks/Marx bros. composure
Sunday's freezing rain come Monday
talks in Durban balks in Durban time for serious time outs
time for change in Durban
approaching the eleventh hour of the eleventh month
in the year of eleven

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

all saints

a reprieve for geraniums
live to live another day
ebbing sun
fading lipstick blooms
another night
another day
crimson kisses
mountain ashfall
another night
another day

Friday, 14 October 2011

in this light

pixies run in circles triumphantly
aspen poplar cloaks fireweed
one mighty ageratum refuses to sleep
and all is possible
in this light

Thursday, 13 October 2011


solidarity with all in Z park tonight
tomorrow's tomorrows
and onwards

Sunday, 11 September 2011


in the Ugly Guitar shop
a neck is swaddled in brown thermal longjohns
and the Y front covers the pick ups

lots more to choose from
maybe next time
in the land of nod

Thursday, 1 September 2011


last night's dream included
gingerbread, whipped cream
and an incriminating salute to a war criminal
a triumphant flick of the fifth finger
pinkie justice for the people
happy 'new year'!

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

the transfer trio

huddled in the cheeks
rear route #1
scheming and kissing
whispering plans for departure

first and second convinced the third
to plead their case
extend their options
exchange their slips
buy them more time

a hasty exit for two
submerged courage for one
hopping off in the shadow of the giant nipple
the transfer trio will try again
smooch and ride again
next time

Monday, 29 August 2011

on this new moon

nursing ankle halos
perfectly ringed mosquito kisses
carried over from Saturday
leaves falling
geese swooning
itches yet to come...

Thursday, 18 August 2011


the hawaiian impatiens
are waiting for bumbles
bees knees
and all good things

the rallying cry
calling y'all
c'mon bumblers

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

the little tan dog

overseeing Riverdale yesterday
perched and paused on all fours
time for timeout
the hustle the bustle
not his style
no collars or tags for this dude
a free spirit paws away from gopherville
furry comrades burrowed deep
nestling down

the little tan dog overseeing Riverdale yesterday
will be just fine thank you
with a little help from kindreds
you me us
spirits and all

Friday, 5 August 2011

laying down

making inroads here
dandelion ghosts
moth kisses and delphinium dreams
a calendula invasion overtakes portulaca
Portia Lackin'
as the bed grows wild
this is not exactly what i want to say
but specifics are overrated
lamenting what is likely coming down the line
and points in between
making inroads here
however fragmented
subject to pavement
sticky dreams
gazanias clam up on cloudy days
the bed grows wild
not exactly what i wanted to say
but for now
laying down
yesterday's robin
tomorrow's pathways
arteries ventricles

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

going going...

the east wing of the Artery is quiet now
no tiny tails thumping
no wee noses twitching
the go go gophers have gone gone gone
south of Jasper on 95th
a little ghost town
no more prairie dogs
on this patch of plain

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

knit 1

the woolen purse strings
and the flocks that follow
a pattern of being

sticky hands labour

sighs from the plain

knit knot 1
purl purloin 2

over and out


Monday, 4 July 2011

Oil at Emmedia

Coming up in Calgary on July 12, 2011 at EMMEDIA curated by Daniel Dugas.  Featuring international video artists including a collaboration with Kyle Armstrong titled 'SCAPE'.  To be screened on the anniversary of the capping of the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.  


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

21 salute

on the solstice
the orchid booming
a guy carrying his bike
the smell of fresh baking mud
loonies to strangers
soft fur/raspy tongue
birds out singing semis
airborne fuzz
pylon as rabbit
snoozy #1 rider
acupuncture prickles
uber kale invasion
delphinium whiskers
rise up
set down
sol soul

Friday, 10 June 2011

it is a day

to bathe in lilac breezes
to count robins (60 so far)
to scratch when itchy
to sit beside a crumpled beer can on the bus (Molson Canadian)
to overhear in the bank that 'there's a hockey game tonight'
to have a door held open by a long, lean man in snakeskin cowboy boots
to hose out the kitty litter box in the bright sun
to watch steam rising from the patio
to try not to scratch when itchy
it is a day
like and unlike any other
a precious assemblage of hours

Thursday, 2 June 2011


the new diction


tonight a porcupine
lumbering in
oh seven
one oh seven

quills and all
in the hood
around and down

the pots the pines
and off again

come again
lovely lumbering porcupine

Monday, 30 May 2011


the bluest of blue
nestled in the bed
tucked into the soil
sheltered by gazania
sea holly
a sliver of shell
robin's egg
# 37
and a half

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

cat's eyes

gaze out at the verbena
the heliotrope
the fading newness of the afternoon
soaking up all that has fallen
all that is coming
the spaces between the rain

cat's eyes are blinking now
tranquility shutting out the day
squinting out the truck muffler
roaring up 107th
magpie squawks and claw trims

cat's eyes are hunting now
iris and glass
triumphant bug that will not be taken down
pause for paws
green light to wings

cat's eyes are staring now
this yard and a thousand waking dreams

Friday, 20 May 2011


these antlers of mine
pick up all the best frequencies
especially the whispers
from the top of your lungs
tuned into all the flight paths
toybox schemes
souffles and soft shoes
these antlers of mine
hone it all in
drive it all home
and around the block
again and again
standard gear
the rack electric

Tuesday, 17 May 2011


the other day a fallen bird
outside the bedroom window
flown into glass

the other day a report
a new development
drone as hummingbird
revolving and deadly
hovering ushering
the future

the other day the robin count
treetop 16
and number 9
feathers beneath dogwood

Monday, 9 May 2011


sunshine narc
squinting kitten narc
low slung jeans narc
tulip narc
blossoming snowdrops narc
fizzy homemade valpolicella narc
belgian waffle narc
muffin narc
all day breakfast narc
walk don't run narc
tooth flossing narc
christmas lights in may narc
pipeline narc
jawline narc
fineline narc
cutty sark narc
knick knack paddywhack narc
glow in the dark narc
all aboard the ark narc
prototype drone as hummingbird narc
'h' is for humanity narc
save us from ourselves narc
world peace narc
all things spring narc

Thursday, 21 April 2011


the map of my back
is not to scale
despite all the scaly bits
spine grommets
detours and ditches

the map of my back
is a work in progress
with doctors on strike
and nurses nursing the piano bar

the map of my back will be complete
in time for our next journey
to the outback and beyond
wait for it or go ahead
vertebrae know the way

Friday, 15 April 2011


the ghosts of ghetto savages
whisper hello
a little commune communique

ethereal urgings
to turn the tide
tie tight the tourniquet

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

check list

  • puddle jumps
  • nearly waterproof boots (nearly...)
  • kitten sneezes
  • kindly ETA from fellow bus traveler  
  • laughing driver pedal down GUNNING THE 1
  • temporary reprieve from grey, grey, grey
  • 'Couv like vibe (minus the mountains, the Pacific, green abundance, Stanley Park, Commercial Drive...)
  • migrating geese
  • migrating hope
  • returning geese
  • returning hope
  • Naomi Klein on enviro/economic tangle weave
  • many blue signs
  • too many blue signs
  • Easter dinner invitation
  • late blooming amaryllis
  • right foot asleep
  • Aloha postcard
  • lily pods
  • uplifting kudos for the Berg
  • sleeping Samoyed
  • bamboo chimes
  • itchy rug
  • chirping chirps
  • brushing wind
  • 30/31
  • sun at my back
  • out like a lamb

Wednesday, 23 March 2011


someone should tell the snow faeries about the equinox
i think they missed it
passed out somewhere
wings folded over
sleeping off a hum dinger

someone should tell the snow faeries about the equinox
time for the spring pixies to get up

Monday, 14 March 2011

and marzipan

the blanket is coming off
the melting has begun
in the hallway this afternoon
the air was thick with wieners
and on the bus too
rolling along on the #1:
wieners with marzipan
a layer of sweetness

pull back the blanket

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

the little wednesday

a tummy full of undigested dreams
kitten threads all over the bed
a reluctant return key
suggestions to just start again
a demi of vino
snowmelt through freezing
not my best work but soldiering on
soldering on
sauntering on
solidly on
and all that is solid...

Monday, 28 February 2011

the end of the second

and on the 28th these things are true:
it is clear and cold
clear now that the haze has lifted
and the drifts have drifted on
the keyboard is covered in fuzz
and fur
furry fuzz
it is minus 20 outside
an ant is crawling on the bathroom floor
on the 28th these things are true
in like a lion bring on the third

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

the sun is waning here

the last Tuesday of February
quiet, soft

on the other side
the plates have shifted
the Earth has lifted
turmoil before peace

sending soft light

Monday, 21 February 2011

saturday's coyote

crossed our path at 50th street
before doubling back and heading into the Bar

'so a coyote walks into a bar...'
'and then what?' asked the rabbit
before disappearing into the yard

saturday's coyote
was sunday's recollection
and monday's musing
by the fire on Family Day

Friday, 18 February 2011

i think the dog...

in the shop today
smelled the cat pee on my coat.
or was it just love
pure and simple?