Vancouver, BC – Edmonton, AB, 2-26 February 2015
In the accent-heavy emigrant’s taxicab
We bridge the Fraser River, at the point
Where the drive train sheared, nine years ago;
The electric mentality of overwhelm
Preamble to this reconfiguration.
Place of loss and flight of welcome.
Here at the sea the preparations place themselves
At the feet of the wanderers, the pale rains
Clarifications of the skin of history, withering away
The insensate moments made less with money long past
And those who never cared to care.
My word is renewed, and you cannot follow me,
For I am back in the last land of my last becoming.
Dalhousie Review (Halifax, NS), 95:2 (2015)
Annotation, borrowed from Mendelssohn, Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 30/1