The Great Depression

born in uncertainty


a phenomenon

giving rise to fascism


a second world war


the despair felt

by many

never left

throughout their life


those years

left a mark

taking generations

to live down


I’m listening dad

I’m starting to understand


The Great Depression

Finding Peace

when his wife died

my grandpa was fifty three


she left twelve children

ages five to twenty two


sorrow, sadness

engulfed their hearts


their love

shouldered long years


restless anxiety


to calm peace


grandpa told my mom

I have an appointment

with jesus

at six o’clock in the morning


he told his daughter

I’m with the lord


two months later

he died peacefully

at eighty nine


Me & Grandpa

Blind Faith

alphabets, words

such dangerous beauty

in chemical, binary




radiating light


to discern



appropriate habitats

social, emotive




my instincts

my biggest ally

and enemy


Invasive Species

My Favourite Books

I dream

creation myths

of letterforms


I draw words

eyes closed

tracing rich emptiness


my top five books

I’ve read / re-read


1. Slaughterhouse-Five / Kurt Vonnegut

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time / Mark Haddon

3. Coming Through Slaughter / Michael Ondaatje

4. Fifth Business / Robertson Davies

5. Monkey Beach / Eden Robinson


My Fave Books