Tough and rumble
A view of waves & breaks,
sword into fog. A child in a seat
talks to a child in another seat.
The bicyclist drops a bag of paper
lanterns and they roll through the intersection at dusk,
little white globes of light.
Some people are scared of custard tarts.
Tan nightingale, star on rotation.
The lake laked in sideways waves,
train a view of metal with people
on the hurtle. A strong wind makes
a squirrel leap at double-speed.
Roofs are compromised. The daily grind
is a casual understanding of personal space.
People say it’s impossible
to live where they live,
but they also live there.
By Alice Burdick
ALICE BURDICK is the author of four full-length poetry collections, Simple Master, Flutter, Holler, and Book of Short Sentences. Deportment: The Poetry of Alice Burdick, a book of selected poems, came out in November 2018 from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Her work has also appeared in many chapbooks, broadsides, folios, magazines, journals, and anthologies. She co-owns an independent bookstore in Lunenburg called Lexicon Books.