And it mat­tered

Prairie Fire - - PATRICK FRIESEN -

pa­trick o’con­nell, in an­other city, off

his meds, sen­ged by sun, out of luck,

his brain awash with things, fin­gers raw

from his gui­tar, him at­tired for death,

white shirt and dark trousers, shoe­less

in the snow, o’con­nell recit­ing like it

mat­tered, keep­ing warm in news­pa­per

clothes, well, not warm, keep­ing the cold

out, hope­ful the sea would open once

more for him, and it mat­tered.

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