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Poems

The Song Stays Sweet – A Prose Poem

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December 17, 2015
The Song Stays Sweet – A Prose Poem

  Muscle cars slink along Canal Street in their wheel skirts. Vroom, vroom. Radios on high bass shake the sidewalk passers-by. Big men wear big gold watches and smile their big gold teeth. Pushing and laughing and butting fists. Are they the murderers to be or just some mother’s little boys? Music along Royal...
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The Flowers of Peloponnesos – A Photo Essay

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October 11, 2013
The Flowers of Peloponnesos – A Photo Essay

On returning from Greece’s Peloponnesian Peninsula, what I will remember most vividly is the sense of antiquity and right beside that memory I will place the ageless beauty of the flowers of Peloponnesos. They grow everywhere in the craggy ruins of Mycenae or Epidavros or Mystra or Monemvasia. They even grow miraculously in the...
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Garden in Summer – A Prose Poem

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August 4, 2013
Garden in Summer – A Prose Poem

The summer of 2013:  hot, dry and glorious. Summer and the gardens are working overtime to produce their gorgeous colours, sweet fruit and an array of vegetable delights. There are the daisies (yellow, red and shocking pink), the pansies, the rhodos (burned by the hot sun),  the dahlias, and the roses. Oh, the roses, those...
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Five Thieves in Subtraction

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March 31, 2013

This long poem was written after an incident in a Vancouver China Town cafe in the early 1970s. It was during my Simon Fraser University days and four of my fellow students had persuaded me to join them for Chinese food. I had lived in the SFU dorms my first year at SFU and...
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First Kiss Wet

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January 30, 2011

Innocent. You were so innocent. Following a shadow, slipping into the Dark forest Near the old school, Lured by curiosity. Heart pounding in Expectation and wonderment. You heard a twig break under your feet. Then another cracked a heartbeat away In the darkest part of the forest. Suddenly, he was upon you. A young...
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A View from Stadacona One Autumn Night

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January 30, 2011

It’s too dark too early. Too quickly autumn.  Everything dying slowly, beautifully, Magnificently.  Naked Ladies And Lilies of the Nile, Only memories now.  Hydrangeas withering. The scent of roses Stolen by the cold.  Pansies and marigolds Silent, still life. A lamp shines On the lemon tree.  A lemon tree. Very pretty.  Growing in our...
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Include me

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January 30, 2011

I am black I am white I am yellow I am brown Include me Include me in your race Include me I am red I am blue I am orange I am green Include me Include me in your dream Include me I am love I am passion I am hope I am faith...
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Weave me a dream

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January 30, 2011

Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream Give it periwinkle skies And lighthouse clouds   Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream Make it sunny with life Make it shine with peace   Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream Of a place with no war Of kindness and heart   Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream...
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Books

Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh