Pause For Poetry:
Michael Hawkes /26

Too Much To Choose

A poem by Michael Hawkes

There’s too much murder breaking news
Too much fervor shaking pews
Too many undertakers dues
Too many colors, shades and hues

There’s way too many random views
Too many routes and avenues
Too many lates and overdues
Too many laced up shit-caked shoes

There’s too many landmines to defuse
Too much mayhem to excuse
Way too many screaming blues
With only sordid lives to loose

With much too much from which to choose
With entertainments to amuse
And so much science to abuse
One must observe the many clues
That tell us cease, resist, refuse

11/07/20 – Hawkes

Poets Flavia Garcia and Noémie Pomerleau at the CAS

logo Centre des arts de Stanstead The Centre des arts de Stanstead welcomes poets Flavia Garcia and Noémie Pomerleau on April 10 at 4 pm. 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

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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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