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The Evergreens

“All night there was an ultra-white moon
and now this is the inevitable freezing dawn,
orange and bright but blue around the edges,
above a sparkling landscape overcome with
an embroidery of black flowers and dwindling
death, which only annoys the evergreens,
ever the philosophical trees, scorning the
riotous existence of lesser plants who only
squander their legacies of light in desperate
displays of adulation beneath that ruthless
sky and then hysterically scatter seeds upon
an earth that is already hard as steel.

This arctic air arrives with super-sonic messages,
trumpeting that all this false gold and copper stuff,
seeming to flutter like paper money in their twiggy
fingertips, is merely a bribe being paid – in vain -
to those metallic idols who stand tall somewhere
knee-deep in mirroring ice and never relent.

On T.V. just now, the police were yelling, “Freeze!”
and firing their guns at him, but the boy kept on
running because he came from a much hotter
country and he didn’t know the meaning of the
word until he was dying among the evergreens."

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Transitions interest me and in Canada we are constantly subjected to the battle between heat and cold and winter is never very far away, so this is a description of the sensations experienced when the forces of frost have won again.

I am a Canadian, originally from Ontario, and am now living in Calgary, Alberta. I have studied sciences and anthropology at university and travelled across North America and briefly to Mexico and the Caribbean. I have been writing for over 20 years and performed my work in public. I have written more than 100 poems, several short stories and am presently working on a few novels.

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    KEITH R. WILL...almost 6 years ago

    that’s deep

  • Nancy Ames
    Nancy Amesalmost 6 years ago

    Hey, Keith – thanks – glad you dug it deeply. Happy New Year to you.

  • Greybeard
    Greybeardabout 5 years ago
    These words have made me return and re-read them a number of times, more than most writing. The description of this natural event in our lives which most of us take for granted, grips me; as does the link to the now commonplace report of wasted life due to a lack of ‘understanding’ which is also commonplace in our lives today. I love it
  • Hello, Greybeard – thanks. Yes, I often use the natural world as an allegory for social phenomena. The totalitarian or fascist mentality is very much like winter, which tries to “freeze” humanity into predictable forms and formulas. I find it quite remarkable that the police actually use the word “freeze” when asserting power.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Jono83
    Jono83almost 5 years ago

    amazing imagery! and incredibly philosophical!

  • Thanks very much, Jono Ice.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 4 years ago

    Wow….the big and the powerful win out every time, don’t they? And the rest of us are like the flower or the young unsophisticated boy who who are just ground down into the ground as food for the big and the powerful. And they live on and on, scoffing at our demise. Very deep. Love all of the imagery!!! I smiled this morning as soon as I realized that I had a goody from you. You always make me think, and I love it.

  • That`s great, Deborah – people who enjoy thinking are rare and precious. Thanks again.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks very much for featuring this, Ushna.

    – Nancy Ames

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