Category Archives: poetry/songs

Raking the Shaggin’ Leaves

Doesn’t seem that long ago the tree was strong and leaves were green. But with each day,  more bare spots appeared where leaves were once to be seen. Now in these short November days they’ve gone from green, to rust, … Continue reading

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And on it Goes…

All our moments are filled with richness; a wealth that can be constantly tapped into; a means for transformation. The senses, should we choose to acknowledge them, surround us with fragments from the current place and time in which we … Continue reading

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Gertie

The insistent ring tone broke through, put my sleep back on suspend. Josephine, there, with the phone to her ear hearing words I couldn’t comprehend. “I’m going down to the hospital,” she said, in a way that left no doubt. … Continue reading

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The Difference a Day Can Make

It’s funny what a day can mean. A good night’s rest can restore the sheen on a life that sometimes leaves you shaking your head in disbelief. I suppose it’s the stress we put on ourselves as we channel our … Continue reading

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A Lament for Lost Outport Libraries

Half the libraries to close—our rural places take another hit. I considered it all, just struck in disbelief. Just another in a slew of bad decisions and I’m torn; should I be angry or feel grief? First the financial disaster … Continue reading

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Second Snowstorm in April

Just last week after the last blizzard I dropped my car off at the shop figuring I’d seen the last of winter’s blast the guys gave my winter tires the swap. Now it’s not because I like the look of … Continue reading

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The Northern Coal Miner

For most of my life I’ve worked here at the mine, this dim miserable dusty old hole. From when I rise from my sleep, ‘til I’m ready to drop it’s all about digging the coal. “Can’t slow down, Boys,” the … Continue reading

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After 78 Days it’s Finally Over

Back in the day my father had a hand cranked phonograph and in my boyish youth I enjoyed putting on it my 33s. At 78 the chipmunked sounds would make me laugh and best of all boring talk would slip … Continue reading

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Soaked Dida Skin ‘n’ Froze Half Didit

At first it didn’t bother me much but then I figured something was badly wrong when even the crowd from CBS admitted their weather was as bad as in St. John’s. And icebergs, hardly a one to see, except the … Continue reading

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Truth and Wisdom: Two Travellers

A young traveler saw injustice, waste, wrongdoing and need and, set out thinking, “I will show all just how clearly I know how the wrongs that they spread, like so much damaged seed tear all we have down, so that no good … Continue reading

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