The Great Depression

born in uncertainty

~

a phenomenon

giving rise to fascism

destruction

a second world war

~

the despair felt

by many

never left

throughout their life

~

those years

left a mark

taking generations

to live down

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I’m listening dad

I’m starting to understand

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The Great Depression

Finding Peace

when his wife died

my grandpa was fifty three

~

she left twelve children

ages five to twenty two

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sorrow, sadness

engulfed their hearts

~

their love

shouldered long years

~

restless anxiety

transitioned

to calm peace

~

grandpa told my mom

I have an appointment

with jesus

at six o’clock in the morning

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he told his daughter

I’m with the lord

~

two months later

he died peacefully

at eighty nine

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Me & Grandpa

Blind Faith

alphabets, words

such dangerous beauty

in chemical, binary

structure

~

often

radiating light

unable

to discern

~

intentions

appropriate habitats

social, emotive

context

~

often

my instincts

my biggest ally

and enemy

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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

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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

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My Fave Books