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Last Build Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:12:52 +0000


Feather cloud above the cerulean skin of the Pacific

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:12:52 +0000

  Yesterday afternoon, walking east of Victoria’s Breakwater along the Dallas Road cliffs, above the brilliant cerulean skin of the Pacific, a cirrus “feather” cloud formed above us. I stopped in the middle of the trail, reached up to take its picture. I stood there, my head cranked back, until the dizzy point arrived and...

The Psalm of Humpty Dumpty

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:45:18 +0000

praise with sounds of accordion and kazoopraise with pots, pans, chicken dance toopraise with lute and lyre, the loons and liarspraise empire and emperor          (ochre-topped-sprat stocking the global swamp)praise the diamond-eyes and mouse-eared minds          of the new plutocracy                   and the coffin of democracypraise the clay feet of Wall Street; the sallow heart of Walmartpraise Exxon...

My Father is…

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 14:47:56 +0000

…up long before dawn, deep winter, 40 below, helping a neighbour jump-start his truck; …in a darkened farm shed bent over a steel disc, shocks of light coming from a 7018 welding rod collide with shafts of sun angling in through chinks in the log walls; …in the plywood-sided bin by the slough, dust balloons...

And what of families touched by suicide?

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 16:20:26 +0000

No, touched doesn’t name it; more like being struck by a semi load of girders. And some families are struck more than once. A few days ago a man I knew died by suicide. He was an acquaintance, but my wife and his wife were closer, had shared important moments together, encountered common themes in...