Never go first down the garden path
life’s a journey, it isn’t a race,
and the person who’s first is always the one
who gets cobwebs in her face.
Listen and the world
will whisper truth in your ear.
Truth sings in our hearts.
Observe and the world
will show you truth in small things.
Truth walks along side.
Breathe in and the world
exhales truth in every breeze.
Truth perfumes the air.
Swallow and the world
will fill you with truth’s sweetness.
Truth will sustain you.
Reach out and the world
will stand still and wait for you.
Truth will touch you back.
The best things in life are fleeting;
the savour of a home grown melon, dripping sweetness,
the caress of a soft chinook wind on a winter cold face,
the oriole’s song vibrating down the ravine,
the prismatic gems on a raindrop studded lawn,
the good earth breathing humus into the dusk.
The best things in life are fleeting and worthy
of remembrance so that in dark moments
we may close our eyes, hold them close,
and breathe free again.
Take a pencil, made of wood,
and paper made from trees.
Jot your words, draw your lines,
and make a moment freeze.
How long can you hold it there?
Until it rots and then
it feeds the forest floor
and becomes a tree again.
Pet: 1. an animal kept for companionship, interest, or amusement. 2. an indulged or pampered person. 3. somebody whom others find lovable.
Peeve: 1. something that annoys or irritates somebody. 2. an irritated or resentful mood
If something’s annoying
I truly believe
it shouldn’t be given
the rank of ‘pet peeve’.
Pet means you like it
Peeve means you don’t.
I’ll cry contradiction
though maybe you won’t.
That to like an annoyance
is a bit masochistic
and to make it your pet
So I’m making a change
I’ve decided to let
all my peeves run away
and not to keep pets.
Well, maybe just one,
just one that won’t leave.
My only pet peeve
will be having pet peeves.
Thinking of my father
and the mischief in his smiles.
I thought I was looking back
but he was really up ahead breaking trail for me for miles.
Dreaming of my mother
and the softness of her skin.
Wish I could hear her silly sneeze,
or hear her sing ‘Ta rah rah boom de-ay’ again.
And now that I am older
I see I never saw at all.
The hardest thing they ever did
was stand aside and let me fall.
And the hardest thing I’ve ever done
was stand aside and let you fall.
There is a valley in the Peace where summer lingers
where the soil is deep and rich
and melons grow sweet and luscious.
There is a valley in the Peace where the corn stands tall
when all around the frost
marches through in frozen hobnail boots.
There is a valley in the Peace.
And they want to dam it.
(me eating cantaloupe melon purchased just a few miles down the road from here; overlooking the beautiful Peace River on the road from Fort St John to Hudson’s Hope)
Sometimes I worry
that one day I’ll be pulled over
at a book signing by a literary critic…
“May I see your poetic license please, M’am?” he’ll say.
“I know I have it here somewhere” I mutter
as I rummage through my purse.
“I clocked you at 3 clichés per hour, M’am.
I’m afraid I’m going to have to cite you.”
He pulls out a note pad and clicks his pen impatiently.
I retrieve my poetic license, dog-eared and tattered
and hand it to him.
“I’ll just hang on to this for a while.” He says while
scribbling on his note pad.
“I’m recommending a refresher course in creative writing but
until then I’m going to have to revoke your poetic license.”
“Seriously? Just because of a few clichés?” I whimper.
“If it was just the clichés I might let you off with a warning.
But I’ve read your book.
Repeat violations. Ma’m do you truly understand Haiku?
You can’t just take a form and change it to suit yourself.”
“But… isn’t that a form of growth…”
“Don’t banter semantics with me – I could do a lot worse than
revoking your license.”
“Go ahead, critic. Do your worst.” I sneer. “You’ll only drive
I grab my books and run for the door.
“No one will ever publish you with an attitude like that.” He yells.
“Ha! The joke’s on you.” I cry over my shoulder.
“No one will publish me now!”