Adrift. A poem by Rose Willow

Rose Willow


humans slump in life-jackets
bone cold, teeth chatter
the planet
coughs, trembles, belches
an oily slick
lost in black clouds
thunder and lightening
unable to slice

slap, slap
wake-up, wake up
her heart shudders
the last button
comes undone

the earth not fit
for even the meek
to inherit

Rose Willow lives and writes near the Salish Sea on Vancouver Island. She is the author of Cultivated Time a collection of poetic memoir. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in literary magazines including Portal, Spring, The Society, Transitions, and Ascent Aspirations. Committed to Lifelong Learning, Rose writes and edits material for the VIU ElderCollege course calendar.     

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Published by darcie friesen hossack

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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