Poetry Wednesday – When I Was Seven

IrisesWhen I was seven
                My family moved to
                Edmonton, Alberta from
                London, Ontario
 
I remember my last March Break
                Light jacket
                Short pants
                Tulips and daffodils
                Green grass
                Warm sun
                Meatloaf’s ‘Bat Out of Hell’
                And Play Dough
It’s weird what sticks with me.
 
London, Ontario shares its latitude with
                Southern Oregon
                And northern Spain
Just south of Toronto
                Nestled between Lakes
                Ontario
                Huron
                And Erie
She is lavished with
                Lush green springs
 
Her springs are textbook
                March 20th
                Vernal Equinox
                Grass grows
                Tulips blossom
                Bikes ridden
                Puddles splashed
 
Edmonton, Alberta shares its latitude with
                Inner Mongolia and
                Remote islands in the Bering Sea
Just south of the Arctic
                Nestled between
                Bald prairie
                Taiga
                And the middle of nowhere
She is lavished with
               Chilly, drab springs
 
In school we read about spring in a textbook
                March 20th
                Vernal Equinox
                Grass grows
                Tulips blossom
                Bikes ridden
                Puddles splashed
 
I remember glueing bits
                Of yellow and purple tissue paper
                To a piece of green construction paper
Hoping it might soon look like an
                Iris
While the trails of snow
                Blew across the frozen
                Hard pack of the
                School yard
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4 thoughts on “Poetry Wednesday – When I Was Seven

  1. Hi, This is an evocative poem and made me feel guilty for tearing you away from lush springs to the taiga!!

    Love,

    Mom xxx

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