A poem

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Photo by GraceHues Photography on Unsplash

I end this story before it begins.

But I can tell you it’s about a nature walk–
my solo hike across the Canadian Shield
far down roads where nobody knows me.

I come across a man
on the side of a trail
looking at maples.

Dancing leaves
of amber and crimson
like a cauldron of magic.

He shows me a sapling
half-broken by the wind.

I wonder out loud
about its past and future.
Will it still grow into a tree?

He tells me none of that matters.
What matters is the cool touch
of wind through its leaves
today.


A Poem

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Photo by Lisa Alletson (author) of her daughter

My daughter wears my DNA like a casualty,
drifts through conversations with melodic logic.

When she speaks in the language of my ancestors
I know she’s caught something with her mind –

a dinosaur or the swamp root of a poem.
Her centre is her own.

Sometimes she huddles on the beach like driftwood,
golden gaps of sunshine in her silhouette

as if her body has bullet holes
and I can see the brightness of her soul.

Blue-skinned, she seems, breathing slow and low,
drawing narwhals in the air or covering her ears.

She tells me in a voice of…

Lisa Alletson

Poet. Lake lover.

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