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  We were talking about hitchhiking. I asked if you ever had. I thought it was illegal now, but it’s not. But still I would never have tried it as a teenager. I was always too afraid I think. Had the dangers of it reinforced in my thinking at a young age. I always listened […]

Poem: Taxi

Taxi Written May 2, 2017 Listening to Cheap Trick, Come on, Come on. It is ten to six, and getting light. I sit writing poetry on the kitchen counter before work. My clothes turn in the washing machine. Streets are dark with rain that I never saw. I slept through it. Never heard it under […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 28: Funky Winker Beans Interior #3, The Bar, Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper

365 Drawings - Drawing 27: Interior #2, Pat’s Pub and Brewhouse, Vancouver, Watercolor and Acrylic on paper

Poem: Train to Seattle

Train to Seattle Written May 9, 2017 I’m on the train to Seattle. It’s 2013 and I haven’t met you yet. It is slow getting out of the station on Main not like the British trains in a rush to go everywhere as soon as they can. It goes over the trestles on the Fraser […]

Poem: Pennies

  Pennies Written May 7, 2017   I know there is a train coming on the Burlington Northern line. I can see it around the corner on the way from the border. It will slow down as it travels along the beach. Pick up speed as it goes by the trees below Marine. I’m on […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 26: Funky Winker Beans #2

365 Drawings - Drawing 25: Funky Winker Beans #1

Poem: Kittens in January

  Kittens in January Written June 18, 2017   They were 13 weeks the kittens when I picked them up from the foster home. With them in a carrier I walked along the path of hard-packed snow and ice. The street wasn’t plowed or shovelled so I tried not to shift the carrier too much. […]

Poem: Sunglasses

  Sunglasses Written June 1, 2017 Before the tunnel there is the sign to take off your sunglasses. You put them on the dashboard. If you are driving into the tunnel with sunglasses no matter how expensive they are it will be too dark to see where you are going. Only if it was sunny […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 24: Princeton Bar & Grill, Vancouver

Waves Coffee – Main and Hastings, Vancouver, Watercolour on Paper

Poem: Rock Festival 1991

Rock Festival Written June 9, 2017 We are leaving the rock festival in Tsawwassen. The sun has almost left completely. We head in the direction of the ferry terminal. But we aren’t going there. I smell warm dirt, warm grass, unwashed pavement through the open car windows. We are listening to James Taylor, Sweet Baby […]

Poem: Nice Girl

Nice Girl Written July 16, 2017 What makes a nice girl? Can I get pissed off? Do I need to wear sensible shoes? Can I say if I’m broke? Or do I have to keep that quiet. Is that not ladylike. Can I say Fuck? Bollocks? Fucking bollocks? Shit? Can I write honest poetry? Can […]

Interior, Pats Pub and Brewhouse, Vancouver, Acrylic on Paper

Poem: Alone

Alone Written June 20, 2017   We bought pie at the late night place on Hastings. After two in the morning. Apple and lemon meringue. Carried it home in containers. Ate it on the bed with plastic forks. Finished leftovers reading the Saturday papers. Listening to Pagliaro. Some Sing Some Dance. I thought about when […]

Interior, Room over LanaLous, Powell, Vancouver Acrylic on Paper, March 2016

Original sketch done March 2016. Painted December 2017.

Poem: Roses

Roses Written December 11, 2016   I saw the roses from the kitchen window on one of the last days before school end. It had been sunny the last fortnight and shorts were the norm. I was glad to leave my jacket behind before leaving for the bus on the last early mornings. The roses […]

Interior at East Hastings Coin Laundry, Vancouver, Watercolor, Acrylic and Felt tip

Poem: Green

Green Written July 4, 2017   There is no green in this poem. I can’t find a green pencil crayon in my bag. Only mint. For some reason I want green. A grass green or a forest green. Even though there is no park. There is no greenway, nor plants or trees around. Not even […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 19: Interior of Pat’s Pub and Brewhouse, Vancouver

365 Drawings - Drawing 18: Woodpecker

Poem: Ash

Ash Written July 4, 2017 I had cut the grass on the Saturday. Pushed the mower around the lawn. Followed the cut fringe where I had already been in circles. I was nervous about mowing the last outside foot of the yard along the hedges. The garden snakes would sleep in along the hedge roots. […]

Poem: Poem 17

  Poem 17 Written June 22, 2017 I’m walking to the station. Leaving the business district. Dodging the firework crowds that pour down the sidewalks. On the subway I feel like I’m escaping. I unsnap my pink wallet and check I have cash for cover. The train moves silently under the city. It moves under […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 17: Killer Whale (Orca)

365 Drawings - Drawing 16: Snow Leopard

Poem: Transatlantic Flight

Transatlantic Flight Written May 13, 2017 I see them on the tarmac at Manchester Airport. My two English cats in their carrier. Recognize their crate and the sticker where I wrote their names with a sharpie. There have been delays and storms over Iceland are to blame, so we still wait. I’m sure our plane’s […]

Poem: Raft

Raft Written May 17, 2017   I don’t know who built the raft, it was big, heavy, unsinkable, and parked by the bulrushes when unoccupied. We stood on it wearing life-jackets and poked the boggy floor of the shallows with a stick, steering past the dock and diving board towards the bay’s middle. If you […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 15: Deer Study

365 Drawings - Drawing 14: Wolf Study

Poem: Frog and Snake

Frog and Snake Written Sep 24, 2016   Down by the lake’s edge I could see, in the shady water a frog half swallowed by a snake. His head was in the snake’s throat, his legs stuck out the snake mouth in frog position, frog knees bent. The snake wasn’t moving much as she was […]

Poem: Tijuana

Tijuana Written June 17, 2017 We cross the border into Mexico wander down the streets of Tijuana. I am 14 and have bad period cramps for this occasion and have to go into the drug store there to buy aspirin which I swallow without water. I take photos, of the Mexican blankets, of a little […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 13: Fox Study #3

Poem: Motels

  Motels Written June 25, 2017   We see the sign on the highway that there’s a motel at the next exit probably along with a gas station. Dad has been driving through California all day and it is summer but it is starting to get dark so it is late. There’s an office where […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 12: Fox Study #2

Poem: Jet Trail

    Jet Trail Written June 25, 2017   I laid on the lawn and looked at the expanse of blue sky, pure it was except for the Jet trail that appeared in the middle and stretched across like a white ribbon on a blue tablecloth. I lay on the lawn, feeling the sun soft […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 11: Barn Owl and Moon

Poem: Float Plane

Float Plane Written June 7, 2017   From the dock I hear a faint plane drone in the distance. It has no meaning. I don’t assume it is heading to our lake. It gets louder though til finally I see it over the trees on the edge of the bay across from us, probably a […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 10: Fox Study

365 Drawings - Drawing 9: Christmas Wolf

Poem: Ferraris

Ferraris Written June 3, 2017 Two Ferraris, one orange the next day black. When I see the black one I am walking home from work on a late lunch break. I carry my new black pointy shoes as my feet are sore. The shoes, I cradle in one arm as I walk in my plimsoles. […]

Poem: Mount Shasta

  Mount Shasta Written June 17, 2017 I think it’s strange to see a mountain just sitting there, in the middle of a field of yellow grass right by the road. That’s what it seems like anyway. I think I could probably walk across the field and up the slopes to the summit but I […]

Flash Fiction : Rodriguez

Rodriguez First Draft Written March 24, 2016   There were some overripe grapes on a plate on the counter. I was going to throw them away. Our son Jeffrey asked if he could take them. “We are playing at Henry’s. They are for Rodriguez, he likes them,” Jeffrey said. “I didn’t think they were suitable […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 8: White-Tailed Deer in Winter

365 Drawings - Drawing 7: Evergreen Tree

Poem: The Drive-In

      The Drive-In Written June 29, 2017   We were on the way to the Children’s Hospital for me to have an operation that wasn’t serious – It was not my idea. I had a crooked foot apparently. Still it entailed a painful needle in my thigh to make me fall asleep and […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 6: Sunset over the Gulf Islands

365 Drawings - Drawing 5: Christmas Tree against a Red Barn

Poem: Motorbike

Motorbike Written May 10, 2017   We were in a car a bunch of us girls, on our way to somewhere in the city, approaching the Alex Fraser Bridge, from the Richmond side, it was maybe 1991. All the lanes and curbs and speed when I looked out the back seat window and saw a […]

Poem: Highway One

  Highway One Written June 10, 2017   There is nothing ordinary about this. We are on our way along Highway One through the Fraser Canyon. My Mom and Dad, sister, and Grandpa going up to Fraser Lake for Thanksgiving. It is a rare thing traveling up this way. I start to know the order […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 4: Interior – Room on Powell

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