is the author of The Hundred Lives (shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize) and Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain (shortlisted for the 2013 Governor General's Award for Poetry, the BC Book Prize and the Raymond Souster Award). His other books include The Fifth Window, A Tunisian Notebook, House Built of Rain (shortlisted for the BC Book Prize), and The Human Shore.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Now I remember what I dreamt. The wave came to its crest
and was a brilliant animal rearing up
at a barrier, blasting my ears with its roar.
The living froth poured vision. The lit spray contrived a crown.
It halted, swivelled, and in vacant agony
stood tearing itself out of its own time-deep bowels.
It collapsed -- a flung and shattered clay jar;
innumerable lost seashells flying, spiralling whitenesses
around what melody they could. Then the snarl
and the thud of the whole bulk hitting the shingle gulley.
It slung up the beach a foam of running marrow, whispering.
And now the bed, desk and chair hold their notes,
while the small clock ticks to calm a wildly lonely child.
The itinerant particles of dust, lying sparkling on the floor,
seal in what makes the child cry out and the darkness smile.