Monday Tourists

Rain-drenched roads kick up blinding mist, Eight hours – construction, accidents, snarly traffic ignoring neon: Adjust speed for weather We arrive at five – multi-lanes jammed – Quick! Wrong lane! Merge right! Weary commuters – tourists a rush-hour pain – graciously acquiesce. Welcome to Ottawa. (Inspired by today’s road trip and written for dVerse’s quadrille: […]

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Departure

He is the planner, planning routes and stops, measuring distances, researching particulars, focused on specifics I am the organizer, organizing a mass cull, distribution of worldly possessions to kids, goodwill, or garage sales He is the scheduler, scheduling maintenance, pre-departure inspections, double-checking mechanical I am the communicator, communicating itineraries answering emails, phone calls reassuring family […]

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Moving

Outside, clouds hover, heavy, threatening. Inside, men haul – china cabinet, weathered couch – accumulation marking years, exiting under duress echoes fill in the spaces scent of soured sweat lingers kitchen counters glare, empty layers of our lives stripped away our vacated shell, an emotional tug Is it fear?  Sorrow? What was it all about […]

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Fisherman’s Wharf

Viewed from the shelter of Fog Harbour’s luxury, Pier 39, a serene snapshot vessels tethered silently waiting, a single gull bobbing nonchalantly by sea-inspired dishes satiate appetites, as we ponder the legacy of Alcatraz watch the ferries line up, load up and slip away – robotic whale-like rhythm on a far dock, a gigantic mass […]

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Complexity of Freedom

Freedom is four hundred and fifty square feet of moveable tin, wheeling down the highway, destination unknown.  It is long walks through exotic forests, where focus lasts only as long as it takes to capture an image.  It is the privilege of sleeping and waking according to whim, routine an estranged concept.  It is the […]

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Wind Storm

On hold immobilized face pressed against glass pane repelling wind gusts stirring dust clouding vision forced to wait patience tested on hold.

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Oh, Canada!

Welcome to my country, there’s so much to explore. We really are a friendly bunch but there’s a few things we abhor So, we’ve written specific rules for our visitors to keep in mind – above and beyond the expected these oddities are considered crime. Please refrain from removing a band-aid while in a public […]

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Whales and Protocols

“What is that?” a boy, two seats over echoes my thoughts “I’ve been wondering that too!” I blurt, disregarding social protocols. What are the protocols for people herded onto a ferry, headed across open water, seated in close proximity to neighbours? “A whale?” his mother asks, obviously as eager as I to catch sight of […]

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6 Wheels

He drives; I sit armrests down blanket secured seatback reclined. We are trucker-high panoramic witnesses living a transformer life – retractable walls, 6 wheels bus-like we navigate destination discovery former stagnation distant – we are nomads, defying roots. He drives, and I sleep two old people undertaking a journey of impermanence thriving in each given […]

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Vancouver Island

Is it the robins, whose morning song, so sharp and crisp awakens me in this enchanted place or the warble of Juncos, whose hooded black faces delight me as they forage between the dried, curled aftermath of a cold winter, now pushed aside by new life sprouting.  The absence of rain drops on tin roof […]

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