Tuesday, 30 September 2014


The big board display for random passers by
Emits a signal
The 'trouble light' is flashing
Amid many options
But no one seems to notice
All gettin on with gettin on
And really...what else is there?
Left right left right left
All that's left in the box
Once Pandora has shuffled offstage
Off to Buffalo
Sidle up
Carve up
A little hope with me

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Some days it just works out best
To sit down and have a really good cry
The kind that has you slobbering up
Bubbles coming out of your nose
No tissues in sight
The kind that wells up from the bottom of your shoes
Boots...rubber boots
Gummed and heavy from a slog in the rain

Or maybe the quiet kind of slobbering that wells up from nowhere
Catching you by surprise on the sidewalk
On a hot sunny day
Passing the open door to a shop playing a song that you love
But haven't heard for years
And it makes you tear up but in a good kind of way
Welling up from a place you had nestled and packed away

Or in the moments after you hear the sound of a bird thumping
Colliding with the window in the room where you're sitting
Reading a book unable to help
Too late to jump up
To put your hands between wings
To reach out and stop it
Become that membrane

Friday, 19 September 2014


Chipmunk/Bottle cap
Toadstool/Gum wrapper
Crow/Plastic fudge bag
Deer/Detergent jug
A bipedal's Banff tour

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Surgin Sturgeons

Diving down into the Yangtze
Can you hear me?
I'm swimming with thunder
Hoping to rouse you
Rumble you
If I could turn back time
I'd be Cher but I'm not

140million years is a little
past my bedtime
But I hope to always see you in the stories
The happy ones to set us off to sleep
The ones that say
swim swim swim away
And all will be bright in the morning

This is dank
But I think sure
Why not?
The little chumpers are up for it
And it all will be brighter in the morning

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Castor sugar

Years ago
I worked in a bookstore
A big bookstore on a university campus
They sold lots of books
Textbooks mostly
But lots of other books and things
And every so often one of the customers
One of the students would ask questions about the bookstore
About where to find a book
Or about the return policy
Or something
But instead of referring to it as the bookstore
They would call it the library
And I remember thinking that I wanted to tell them
That there were lots of differences between a bookstore and a library
Like in one you had to pay for your books but in another they were free

And I've always kind of loved it
When people are referring to the library and they say

Monday, 8 September 2014

Sunflowers in snow showers

Late summer
On latitude 53
Frosty flakes
In dappled light
Hanging on for a little longer
Keen on the green

Monday, 1 September 2014


The first day
Of the ninth month
And we are all passengers