The day breaks open

The glasscutter call of a chickadee breaks
open the day with continuous song
while I gulp coffee and serious list-make. Continue reading


Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater

It is a day of rest. And so I offer up a guest post (as dear Cynthia Jobin used to do) whose last name is “Knight”, today’s Just Jot It January prompt. This Knight is a poet and I found him by visiting the Poetry Foundation website and typing “Knight” as my search term.

Please welcome Mr. Etheridge Knight to Wuthering Bites. You can find more of his work at the Poetry Foundation and Enjoy his reading on the video link below.

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Perfect morning on the Rideau Canal today – January 28, 2018



Horizontal snow
scatters crows  –
ammo from a pellet
gun morning.

Such a flap.

They don’t know
even bullets can’t
outrun December.

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Photo credit: Greg Saulmon 

The tropics of Canada


I never tire of a peachy sueded dawn,
the nap of clouds brushed back
to reveal the start of another
blue day.  I never tire of a light jacket
and bare legs in these the dregs
of summer.

I never tire of bean stalks crawling
up their twine canes, scarlet blooms
still blooming even though the bees
are long gone and the harvest past.

I never tire of begonias and impatiens
persistence beyond the autumn moon,
their flower heads spotlights among
ankle deep maple leaves jostling
in the unseasonably warm breeze.

Anorexic trees, limbs naked now,
remind me something is amiss
and sandals in the front hall
confirm this as do the mittens still
waiting for cold hands and the
down settled unfluffed in winter
parkas in the closet.

Outside the lilies revive and the
Rideau River flows unfrozen into the
ocean that rises in rebellion with
the blood of Arctic glaciers spilled
on our shores.

But I never tire of a peachy dawn
on my tropical island in the north.

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