A Life of Envy. A poem by Lynn Tait


A Life of Envy           
in memory of Stephen 1983-2012

I would rather 
someone to call sister, brother, father
rather than my family tree rootless, without leaves;
a life-path with fewer side streets,
instead of twists and turns— 
crossroads leading to dead ends.
I would rather 
hear the hum and drawl—calling for Mom again, 
talks with my son, now, instead of memories, 
walks with his children—the same places
I taught their dad 
the art of the snake hunt, 
the bugle-sound grass makes 
blown between cupped hands and thumbs,
the craft of stone skipping,
the search for the perfect pee tree,
answers to the ritual asking of why, 
the cadence of the word grandma.

Lynn Tait is an award-winning poet/photographer residing in Sarnia Ontario Canada. Her poems have appeared in Windsor Review, RE:al, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Feathertales, The Tower Society, Contemporary Verse II, Vallum, Freefall Literary Magazine, Literary Review of Canada and in over 100 Canadian and American anthologies, She’s had a chapbook Breaking Away, published, co-authored the poetry book EnCompass I, and  is working on two full length poetry manuscripts. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and The Ontario Poetry Society. 

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Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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