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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Dear Sylvia Plath (Response to Apprehensions)

Please let me preface with a confession – I am not familiar with your work. It is not oversight on my part, rather a deliberate avoidance – you see, I too have faced the brand of madness that drove you to your death, have feared that any intimacy we might share would stir my own […]

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Postcard to the Mundane from the Water’s Edge

This passion surfaces, rushes, boils inside me, raging against the rocks of my conventionality, demanding release, commanding my pen – its voice a roar obstructing constraint – insatiable creativity. I should be back soon. (Today’s prompt is to write a poetic prose in the form of a postcard.)

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Moon Message

I stand on the threshold of change anxiety and depression howling at my side the shadows of uncertainty elongated by the fullness of the moon. She is no guide, this orb-faced deity, whose countenance fails to reveal a directive – and yet, at some primal level I feel we are aligned, know that her pull […]

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Impossibility of Morning

Shards of light cut around the edges of blinds puncture the bubble of sleep, my eyes resist opening, consciousness absent from body, lying corpse-like under a mound of blankets – the furnace failing in the night. Incessant chirping accosts my ears not yet ready to respond to birdsong, brain encased in a cement-block fog, the […]

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Approach with Caution

Warning: ¬†approach with caution. Despite the overt friendliness of the individual bearing this warning label, please note that should you choose to engage her in conversation the management cannot be responsible for helping you disengage. Initiate dialogue at your own risk.   (Today’s challenge: what would your warning label read?)

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For Nadine

Let us line our memories side by side, build a raft to hold her, let our tears flow as one, form a river to carry her, line her way with echoes of her spirit: her giving heart, her smile, a vibrancy imprinted on our hearts, forever blessed for having been a part of her. (Today’s […]

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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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Finding Corners in Fitted Sheets

Intensity drops in, early, before I have a chance to set the day in order – puts me on the defensive. She clings, encourages me to hold on, her sick creativity awake with impulsivity – I am ailing, loyal, compelled to launder the linens, desperately trying to find corners in the circular fitted sheet – […]

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Narcissus and Echo

A tragic flaw does not always a hero make. She thought it did – despite her beauty, despite the Zeus’ who pursued her; she set her sights on the unattainable. Was it self-degradation or the sting of a jilted spouse that tarnished her – either way she lost her voice, her autonomy shattered. He tolerated […]

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