This Fall

give me the inconceivable you
woman of the wild
moving not knowing she’s been witnessed.
give me the soft tones of whispering flesh
eyes that know it all when they see me.

on the streets of New York we’ll walk palm in palm
crawl around Central Park.
we’ll take in an Arkells concert
pay 15 bucks for the unknown Hamilton
grazing in concrete fields.

give me the hook of your hand
squeezing mine in a hostel – hotel with an ‘s’ –

we can leave an art gallery or better yet
National Library Public – you be Stantz and i’ll be Bill Murray

give me the nakedness of your sainthood
a nude woman fresh from bathing – a white wrap around your hair.
as you lean on the bed and into the mirror – ignore market street
or Times Square

but don’t ignore me

and know when you are not watching
i am observing you
and wishing only for more time-
knowing we have an abundance of wasted moments
where we forgot at times to laugh and be one…..

* Arkells: Canadian Juno winning band hailing from Hamilton Ontario

* Stantz/ Bill Murray: Ray Stantz portrayed by Canadian actor Dan Ackroyd in Ghostbusters. Bill Murray an American actor who portrayed Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters. A scene for the movie was shot outside the National Public Library in New York

This Is Our Poem

Where the words fail
the music picks up
and you realize it’s team work
a ‘wolf pack’ – a Boyden description.
Bring us into the moment
and let’s remember the imagination
these drawings on the interior cave
the spark from first fire of the night
on a hill in Algonquin
a Bon Echo wall holding our pools
-this crackling up into the stars…

Strum it all out
when the words fail
when it’s scratching the moment.
We’ll dance as lobster men and women on a canvas
forgetting our figures and joining our shadows.
The painting will continue and even it takes a generation –
the next ‘us’ will come along and understand
reinterpreting the song
reinterpreting the

* ‘wolf pack’ – A Boyden description: Joseph Boyden is a famous Canadian writer. As the Tragically Hip prepared to end their 2016 tour in Kingston Ontario – Boyden described the band as a wolf pack surrounding and protecting lead singer Gord Downie as he sang on stage for what could be the last time….

* Algonquin/Bon Echo: two Canadian parks

* Lobster men and women: Henri Matisse a famous painter created two paintings entitled ‘Dance’ and ‘Music’. In the first piece figures are shown dancing in a circle holding hands. In the second piece figures are shown playing instruments. Because of the red pigments used – the figures look to be very orange – some have referred to the figures as ‘lobster men’…..

Where the mind will take us……

Marina Abramović’s – Imponderabilia – Kitchen
art gallery domestication
squeeze – between – your eyes
push past
turn your head and cough


then swim Rio
swim 2016 against taboo
against ego
searching a smooth ride
a glide – a race
between two smiles


let’s go to the museum tonight
wear baggie – ideas
and pretend we don’t see
art on walls
standing on arched – floors


syllabus – UN – Dennis Lee
i’ll stay home
and read…….

* Marina Abramović is a Yugoslav performance artist based in New York. Her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, breaking many taboos in some of the shows presented regarding the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

* Swim Rio – Regarding 2016 summer Olympics in Rio

* Swim 2016 against taboo – Fu Yuanhui a Chinese swimmer in the Rio Olympics has made headlines regarding certain ‘female’ taboos

* between two smiles – During the men’s 200-meter semifinal race, Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse nearly caught up with the Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt. Bolt gave a glance and a grin, as the two crossed the finish line smiling and laughing

* Dennis Lee – famous Canadian poet. Wrote a book of poetry entitled, ‘UN’ which Quill and Quire wrote, ‘ UN, is no book for children. Unless, that is, you think children should be prepared for 21st-century adulthood with frank discussions of cultural brain-death and planetary extinction.’

The Kid from Caroline (for Das Hip as Man Machine Poem Tour closes in Kingston Ontario)

i’m going to dance with words
lost in the skates of Browning
a riff in the arena snow against the boards –
quietly whisper as the crowd roars
wish Summer would end before Labour Day
before Rio ’16…drive this Frankford Road into the bend
return from Marmora St. and this Trenton birthplace demolition –
take that bend at your 50km start and picture a White Pine Casson.
know 200 km away – the Ex will keep Fall at bay
while i flip car tape over to side ‘B’ – listen to an orchestra
think of reinterpretation in nature – Ribeiro, Browning
Rolling Stone – endless Canada….

* Kurt Browning (Canadian figure skater) – also known as ‘The kid from Caroline’ because of his hometown in Caroline Alberta. 4-Time World Champion, 4-Time Canadian Champion, 3-Time Olympic Team Member, 3-Time World Professional Champion, First man to land a quadruple jump in competition….skated to a piece by The Tragically Hip entitled, ‘Antares’, written especially for him, and produced in a 9 hour jam session in New Orleans. The piece was to have lyrics but never did.

* Labour Day/ Ex – Canadian holiday. The Canadian National Exhibition, also known as The Ex, an annual event that takes place at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, during the 18 days leading up to and including Canadian Labour Day Monday.

* Rio ’16 – 2016 Summer Olympics

* Frankford Road – a stretch of road which runs along the Trent Severn into Trenton Ontario

* Marmora St. – a street in Trenton Ontario next to the birth place of Canadian poet Al Purdy on Main Street in Trenton.

* White Pine Casson – ‘White Pine’ is a painting by Group of Seven member, A J Casson.

* Orchestra/ Ribeiro – Walt Ribeiro is an American composer of classical music.He created a piece using ‘Blow at High Dough’ by Canadian Rock band The Tragically Hip

*Rolling Stone – Rolling Stones are a famous British rock group – said to be a major influence over members of the Tragically Hip

the wall – less penthouse

rent my pent house
her four walls have no meaning

rent this room
the universe of nothingness
Canada is not America
we are a country grateful for the difference
bonded by the parallels of unique stories

there is room available for discovery
the Algonquin stars knows nothing of
the dark night
my hands reach out beyond a cabin

rent my pent house
her four walls have no meaning


let nature be your stain glass
but don’t avoid nature from within
-instead from within-
open a window while you pray within
attending in effort
rather than laziness of stagnant day

let nature speak to you
a Mildred B Cooper Memorial outside your heart
growing from your heart
traveling through you as you enter a structure
designed from effort – for effort
giving both

the ease of prayer in nature
and the ease of prayer from nature

let nature be your stain glass
as you sit inside searching through
rather than standing outside
thinking your best foot has been put forward…..

* The Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel is located in Bella Vista, Arkansas, designed by E. Fay Jones. Fay was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and the chapel was created with the same theme of organic architecture in mind.

In Preparation Of…..

let’s pick up the trees
move to the northern bay
not too far out of state
just a place in mind where it’s you and me for a while
a provincial wonderment
and the art of herself is in the wooded night
no one talking about anything except that God must be here

it’s all in a day trip
24 hours to become the outskirt
cross a border 3x over afterwards
shake hands with lost related ideas of friendship
paddle the references of escape
no one here but you and me
– what a crowded room

we’ll order in our mail
order out our meals
stay on base or around a lake
rent a cottage with morning coffee
evening tea
pretend nothing is less than more
when there’s more of this quiet solitude
-where there’s more…..


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