Thursday, 29 October 2015

-5 C

a little inventory before sleep
anticipating digging
putting them all to bed tomorrow

straw flowers
dusty millers
lava terra
auto correct makes me meant all oh never mind
and two still blooming despite the cold the frost...
snap dragons and anemones
tomorrow's trowel will pass them by
dig another day

Friday, 23 October 2015

Johnny jump ups

Earlier today I was on my way to an action on the steps of the legislature
Off the bus and cutting through the mall enroute to our meeting point
I passed through a department store with some Halloween displays
But also Christmas because hey, afterall it's already October
And I saw a boxed tree trimmed with lights for only $699.99
I continued on my way
And we did our doing
Held our action
People spoke about green energy jobs and the prospect of a new economy
Eight people held pinwheels
I held a miniature oil rig
Walking on the way home there was a tiny violet pushing up through cracks in the pavement

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Threading ahead

there is a thin green ribbon
hanging from one of the branches of the poplar tree
along the route of the squirrel
and in the flitting path of the chickadees
maybe it will blow away into the alley of trash cans
maybe it will be stole away and find itself woven into magpie nests
or maybe it will rest there over the coming days weeks months
a little band of green waving
through the coming white white white of winter

Monday, 19 October 2015

Today is the day

sometimes it's just as simple as that:
you put one foot in front of the other
and it may take awhile but sooner than later you realize you've arrived
you've reached your destination

and I guess we'll find out later where we're going from here
where we all collectively arrived at
charting the course laid out before us
one little X at a time

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Tic tic tic

this morning the sound of persistence
across the patio in the backyard
and up a few feet above the wilting geraniums
tic tic tic
tic tic tic
rhythmic insistent
a small woodpecker
hammering away at the side of the house
reminding me of that old disco song
shake shake shake
shake shake shake
shake your booty
shake your booty
all over
this old house

Thursday, 15 October 2015

News of the world

'wild bear roams shopping mall
before being shot dead'

my cursor is blinking but my typing fingers fail me
a heavy heart makes connecting the dots slow sad

peace to bruins everywhere

Tuesday, 13 October 2015


some days you can read and hear and think all kinds of things
like how permafrost is melting
and that methane is even more dangerous than carbon dioxide
and how the coral reefs are bleaching
and this will be bad for algae fish
bad for all of us
and then you watch some national election coverage and think
what a dog and pony show (no disrespect to dogs or ponies)
and you're about to drift off to the land of nod
after a day of not the best news of the world
and a kitten nestles on top of the duvet on your toes
and you remember why things however messed up
are lovely
and worth swimming for

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Saturday Saturday Saturday

basement guitar strumming
kitten post dinner snoozing
the beckoning beacon of a late night rock show
recalling many years ago
a dear friend with denim overalls/tartan cuffs
the age of bay city rollers
more art
less pop
but pop is tasty too

Wednesday, 7 October 2015


first thing this morning
a magpie under the eaves at the window
wanting in?
ominous clouds and then bright sun
the sound of a lawnmower down the street
alternatives to raking
tonight to the airport
collecting an old friend
do we collect friends?
maybe just special ones
leaves pennies comrades

Sunday, 4 October 2015


so so so
I gotta run now
Run along the top of the fence and then down and out into the yard
Near the back where there are lots of cones
LOTS of cones
And then I'll run back up and over and across the patio
Around the clay pots
By the anenomes, the portulaca, the asters and the dahlias
And then I'll make my way over into the next yard
The one with the mammoth spruce
And I'll snag myself a cone
Cause that is where the tasty eating comes in
And when I'm done I'll grab some more cones and I'll stash them here
Under this step so there'll be lots
LOTS of cones for when the snow comes
Because sure
Today is a nice sunny day
But soon it will be winter
And who'll be laughing then?
Gotta run!