Damascus. A poem by Ken Cathers

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 there was a time
 I thought
 it would all
             make sense
 the mysteries unravel
 a secret knot revealed
 on the inside spindle
 of everything.
 was sure there was
 a certain age  when
 magic tricks and miracles
 became transparent.
 it has been a disappointment
 part of the gradual attrition 
 of doubt.
 I have learned
 to expect less
 accept the unknowing.
 the body fails
 memory fades
 no secret code decrypted
 no new particle
 of creation found.
 there was a time
 I believed in nothing
 had almost given up
 when a space opened
 between one word
 and the next
 and the whole composition
 of things   changed:
 the sky shifted
 the road fell
 and there was no escape
 from wonder

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Born (1951) and raised in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island, Ken Cathers has a B.A. from the University of Victoria and a M.A. from York University in Toronto. Has been published in numerous periodicals, anthologies as well as seven  books of poetry,  most recently Letters From the Old Country with Ekstasis Press. Lives in the country with his family and his trees.

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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