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Monday's Poem

Barbara Pelman is the author of two books of poetry, the latest being Borrowed Rooms (Ronsdale Press), and several chapbooks. Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals. She has retired from many years of teaching high school English and is presently working as a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria.


© 2009 Barbara Pelman


Cedar roots cave a little space
on the shoreline, where otters never sleep.
Arbutus shapes sun and wind,
lichen rages the fir branch—
driftwood, limb on limb.
Braids of seaweed bend shoreward,
the sea pulls and pulses.
Endurance. Whatever comes.
Nothing here
to match the heart's
endless desire.
Turn and turn, eyes
elsewhere, I miss the quick fading
blackbird, its red wing
in the startled air.