Pause For Poetry:
Michael Hawkes /39
A poem by Michael Hawkes
February 3, 2022
If one has fallen as slowly as snow flakes
From the height of a lowering cloud
To land on a pillow of soft fluffy mates
One feels glad to be back in the crowd.
Unbruised, unblemished and still a fine crystal,
At rest among others as equally proud,
One hopes to be drifted, fused, frozen solid,
Un-snow-blown or peed on and ploughed.
Until, come the spring, one melts in a pool
And joins with ones’ friends in the flow,
Energetic, aerated, and still kinda’ cool
But missing the slowness of snow.
* * * * *
If lucky you’ll be one of those who rises wraith-like
From a lake into the sky;
Up to where a high wind blows
To move the cumuli.
Where molecule to molecule clings for heaven’s sake
Until it’s cool enough again
To start falling as a drop of rain
Then metamorphose as a flake.
22/12/21 – Hawkes
CAS POETRY READING ON FEBRUARY 15
The Centre des arts de Stanstead is pleased to present indigenous poets Marilyn Dumont and Andrée Lévesque Sioui who will read from their work in a bilingual online event taking place Tuesday, February 15 at 7 pm, on Zoom, with host Shelley Pomerance. For tickets visit eventbrite.ca