Pause For Poetry:
Michael Hawkes /24


A poem by Michael Hawkes

I wish I were as certain
In my being as a cat
When deciding not to be involved
Simply, just like that!

I wish I could be contented
Like a grass-fed Jersey cow,
With my head down
Munching mushrooms,
Oblivious somehow.

I’d like to be as faithful
As a well- trained collie dog,
Trusting that my loyalty
Will bring me close to God;

Or as rich in glow and glitter
As a full-grown butterfly
Fluttering ecstatically
Unaware the end is nigh;

Or any of His creatures
That isn’t “sapiens”,
That doesn’t suffer shamelessly
Or need to make amends.

27/02/21 – Hawkes

Poets Susan Elmslie and Spencer Everett at the CAS

logo Centre des arts de Stanstead The Centre des arts de Stanstead welcomes poets Susan Elmslie and Spencer Everett on March 20 at 2 pm for the start of spring. They will read from their work during an hour-long event on Zoom, with host Shelley Pomerance.

Everyone is invited to join the two poets on Zoom by visiting the Facebook page of the Centre des arts de Stanstead where they will find the link to participate. For more information, please contact Sharda Guptar at shardaguptar@outlook.com.

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Michael Hawkes is an 80-year-old survivor of all the world’s wars. He learned (and loved to rhyme) by torturing the hymns he had to sing at school. A retired West Coast fisherman living in Montreal since 2013, he is an unschooled Grandpa Moses writing an average of five poems every week.

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