I picture you
fleet on the canal,
now that winter’s heavy coat and scarf
covers your light frame.

Do you,
surrounded by beauty and diversity
in this incredible array
feel in your quiet way spoken for,
or that you had nothing to say?

With a sudden, sweet turn of the head
you express in a mild way
the import of your direct glance.

And to hurt you,
who places so much emphasis on trust,
and a stable meaning of the shyly spoken word.

~ Barry Pomeroy

Barry Pomeroy has been an instructor in English literature at a
variety of American colleges and Canadian universities, most recently
the University of Winnipeg. He is responsible for the novel
Naked in
the Road, and his shorter work has been published in magazines such as
Treeline, Cosmetica and Tart.

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