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Poetry

Seventy-seven poems written later in my life. The PDF versions are better laid-out than the web versions.

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Agnes

Agnes

St Agnes Long Branch introduced a new form of service around 1997/98

A Little Old Lady's Clothes

A Little Old Lady's Clothes

Susan had a pile of clothes from, I think, her mother.

Apology

Apology

Written in 2000. I was apologizing for being sulky

Asleep

Asleep

I wrote this first in the opposite sex, thinking of what Linda might be thinking of me.

Australia

Australia

In 1993 I travelled by bus from Perth to Adelaide.

Back Again

Back Again

Between 1990 and 1998 I'd go on long road trips around the USA, driving up to 17 hours a day. Once back in harness in Toronto I'd stand and relive visions of my trips.

Bathtub

Bathtub

Musing on my part in The Water Cycle

Be quick

Be quick

Around 1990/91 I was sitting in the Valhalla inn, #404 and #7 waiting to meet Susan (or Karen). A noisy business-type was trying to fudge his expense accounts, but the barman was having no part of it!

Bears

Bears

Betty went to Florida for 4 weeks in February 2000.

Before You

Before You

Betty got scared when I described her day to her, just from the tone in her voice when she said 'Hi!" on the phone.

Betty Gone

Betty Gone

Probably late 2000 if Betty had shot off to Aruba or some such place.

Brick Red

Brick Red

Driving down Bloor Street, walls of apartment blocks, each one housing scared adults, lonely for companionship.

Burying Neil

Burying Neil

Neil Trudeau died, and we drove to Trenton to bury him.

Canadiana

Canadiana

A sad scene in the local watering hole, The Canadiana at Six Points plaza, just before Christmas.

Chloe

Chloe

David's cat Chloe refused to deal with an errant mouse.

Chris Greaves Inc

Chris Greaves Inc

Betty went to Florida for 4 weeks in February 2000.

Companionship

Companionship

Written when I was renting Kaye’s house in Etobicoke. I sat in the backyard and wrote this after looking at the outside of the bedroom wall.

Compliments

Compliments

Written May 1st 2001 to Betty. I was using the time-honored line “Your hair looks great!”; every woman loves to hear that.

Crescent Moon

Crescent Moon

Written in motion as I left Markham to drive to Minneapolis

Debra

Debra

Debra was in class, and introduced me to the songs of John Williamson

Differences

Differences

A year after we had met, Betty was jaunting off on some trip and I was staying at home, waiting for her.

DisAppointment

DisAppointment

I probably wrote this early 2000, soon after I had met Betty. I was still coming to terms with her lack of freedom.

Do You Love Me

Do You Love Me

Saturday, February 02, 2008

earwigs

earwigs

Betty thought she could eradicate earwigs by stamping them to death; I abhor killing living things.

Easter Day

Easter Day

Written on Easter Day 2001

Euthanasia

Euthanasia

I wrote this in my head during a funeral service for a dear friend.

Excite Me

Excite Me

Written after Betty motivated me to "deal" two car dealers to a much better price on a car. I'd never done that before, getting $1,000 off plus air-conditioning plus free-lube-for-life.

Fitting

Fitting

Written October 14th 2000. I still feel this way today.

Hill Of Energy

Hill Of Energy

I wrote this during the thanksgiving service at Bloordale United Church Sunday, October 07, 2007

I give you

I give you

For the time when material possessions and gifts just don't count.

Its Half past One

Its Half past One

Lunch time at a client site and I wanted to be home, with Jupiter!

I Wish

I Wish

(incomplete)

Jaded

Jaded

I had managed to shoot a new jade tree from a stalk. This accompanied the gift.

Jane

Jane

Jane and I dated for less than a year.

Janet

Janet

Janet and I had just one date.

Janice

Janice

I gave Janice and Rick a gift of worm castings in thanks for the use of their farm & house for Scott.

Kimberly

Kimberly

I don't know her real name, or his. They were in the queue in the Adelaide Street coffee shop one morning in 1997

King

King

Sometime in 2000; we had probably been to see a movie.

Leaves

Leaves

Up near Lake Simcoe Jane and I spent a day at the cottage.

Letter Carrier

Letter Carrier

In late 1990 I began writing letters to Eileen, and waited each day for a letter from her.

Like This

Like This

Incomplete. Probably written soon after I moved back to Etobicoke.

Lily

Lily

I had my eyes (and mind) on Lily ...

Linda

Linda

Based on what Linda told me of her morning habits.

Manny

Manny

Manny Tsertos, the world's best host, used to run The Canadiana at Six Points plaza.

Planted

Planted

Pool

Pool

Susan hated the chore of cleaning the backyard pool.

possessions

possessions

Possessions was about a troubled lad in the day-care held within the house where I rented in Markham.

Raindrop

Raindrop

Musing on my part in The Water Cycle

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

I bought some pocket-editions, 100 years old, and they explained the rhyming of Shakespeare to me.

see you at seven

see you at seven

Written Feb 23rd 2002. I was living at 311 and we were scheduled to meet later that evening…..

Senses

Senses

Draft idea after going for a drive with Betty

Sisters

Sisters

A scene at the coffee-shop near Kipling subway, before it was overwhelmed by the Tim Hortons.

Slept

Slept

Another memory probably written during 2000

Slug

Slug

Betty rises late.

Soon Gone

Soon Gone

Written on my trip to Australia in 1993, to Susan, left behind in Toronto.

Spring

Spring

My efforts at 'fixing" my computer mouse.

Susan Letter

Susan Letter

We'd broken up six months earlier, then Susan sent me a letter.

Thank You Pretty Momma

Thank You Pretty Momma

Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Candle

The Candle

Hazel's excitement at things happening at 33 Poplar Avenue

the first Time

the first Time

Jupiter arrived in my life December 23rd 2003; he left at 3pm 6th March 2011

The Girl

The Girl

Fantasies on my dream girl

The Leaves

The Leaves

On watching leaves on a parking ramp on Yonge Street, north of Bloor.

The Mayor

The Mayor

My disgust at the Mayor's offertory contribution in church one Sunday.

The Village

The Village

Village life is distributed across a major city.

To Aeroplanes

To Aeroplanes

On my trip to Australia in 1993, I'm still amazed at the technology of travel.

To David

To David

On my trip to Australia in 1993, Thoughts of David

To Passengers

To Passengers

On my trip to Australia in 1993, fed up because everyone wanted to watch a movie, while I wanted to catch a first glimpse of my home state.

To Rupert

To Rupert

On my trip to Australia in 1993, thoughts of Rupert

Train

Train

In June 1990 I thought I was going crazy.

Trains

Trains

The view from the condo opposite Long Branch GO station

Tuesday

Tuesday

Betty went on a trip to the malls in New York State.

Two Months

Two Months

Two months after I met Betty ...

Ultra

Ultra

Blind Joan's guide dog got into a most un-lady-like scrap at the Prince Hotel one afternoon

Violin And The Bow

Violin And The Bow

Use your imagination!

Warm Air

Warm Air

Memories of the house at Gawler, the garden, the music.

What Happened

What Happened

I'd known Betty for less than six months when I wrote this.

Wrong And Right

Wrong And Right

Betty said I might be able to move three days earlier.

You Are

You Are

Eileen poured out her life-story one afternoon.


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