his last canoe paddles through
choppy evening waters
growth vs death
knowing beautiful desperation
and the ability to cope
his lost canoe paddles against the west wind
his incomplete tree – stands
ignoring sun set
sounds against silence – dipped oar bopping wood belly past shore line….
Now I –
a grown man – trade high rise red and white flag
curtain out bedroom window
for this final algonquin on my bungalow wall
– hear the evening waters down the family corridor
nature whispering out the chill of summers’
* The West Wind is a painting by Canadian artist Tom Thomson. An iconic image, it was the artist’s final painting, and according to some art historians was unfinished at the time of his sudden death by drowning in 1917 during a canoe trip.