LON­GI­TU­DI­NAL CEN­TRE

Geist - - Findings -

By John K. Sam­son. From Lyrics and Po­ems. Pub­lished by ARP Books in 2012. Sam­son is a singer-song­writer from Win­nipeg, Treaty One Ter­ri­tory.

This spring made win­ter an in­sult­ing open­ing of­fer, now the pass­ing lane is get­ting harder to ne­go­ti­ate, thaw­ing out and ic­ing up again. Past the Mint, where a cir­cle of provin­cial flags are flag­ging in the front yard, tired of try­ing to make us think that it hasn’t al­ways been so hard. The sky looks sea­sick on the box­car sway, where the At­lantic and Pa­cific are the very same far away.

The sun pulls me out a bit and lets me go, I’m a vac­uum power cord in the back of that van full of kids clean­ing car­pets for the Lord, so I make a lit­tle list of sounds I’ve found have com­forted us in the past: the roar of the rum­ble strips, and the Men­non­ite me­tre of the flood-forecast, or how the wind strums on those signs that say the At­lantic and Pa­cific are the very same far away.

Steer this boat around the snow­plow spray while the At­lantic and Pa­cific are the very same far away.

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