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.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
PLAYING WITH STONES
When I carry her home each
from the park playground swing,
she pleads with me
to let her walk on the bed of smooth
at the front of our apartment
She wants to find individual
and put them in her wide pocket, then
the same stones along a row of
I would like us to stay as we are
within the flowering and flowing
gaze of the sun’s late rays. And
I imagine a day when she is old.
As if I were her child and she was
to be gone, I begin to grieve for
little mother, my daughter.
her shepherdess’s bag filled with her stones,
one for each sheep in her flock, already
she is keeping count for when it is night
and she brings the sheep into the stone fold,
already she is asking that they all
be kept in the great invisible scrip.
The tears she comes to cry for those she
the tears others who love her cry
will stray and go lost, so she
one by one on flat rock, stones that
are tears she gathered as they rolled out of the sun.