The Walrus

Quick Ghazal

While Waiting for Kate in the Tim Hortons, Rideau Centre, February 11, 2006

by rob mclennan
Poetry · From the February 2007 magazine
the sum of the very coffee,
invective cold

the scrape of days take winterlude
from muddy water

to bare bone

how every curse at the bus stop
a silver shadow

a forced migration turns dyspeptic

my mutton heart arrows
a hangover of trees

her william tell overtures

days of cholera & new york magazine

home a figure for mixed meanings

we wound by how

we name
rob mclennan lives in Ottawa, even though he was born there. His thirteenth poetry collection is The Ottawa City Project (Chaudiere Books, 2007)