Grand Bend

There’s a comfort
in closings, endings, finales;
in rooming houses boarded.

Cottage windows sealed.

Refreshment stands
left barren but for their

Comfort in peeling paint,
disused garbage,
rusty coca cola signs.

Comfort and security.
A knowing familiarity.

Twilight absorbing
worn pennants and all
the liquor and beer cans
that once fueled desire
lost and spent on
empty furrowed sand.

~ Gary Pierluigi

Gary has worked in Social Services while continuing to write. Since first being published in Quills, he has been published in numerous poetry journals, including CV2, Queen’s Quarterly, On Spec, Filling Station, The Dalhousie Review, The Nashwaak Review, and Grain. He was short listed for the CBC 2006 Literary Awards in the poetry category, a finalist in the Lit Pop Awards and received an honorable mention in The Ontario Poetry Society’s “Open Heart” Contest. His first poetry book, Over the Edge, has been published by Serengeti Press. He is currently completing his first novel.

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