Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday poem #37 : Dennis Cooley : a few meagre words

a few meagre words
of love or thanks

sub stance of things unseen
sound of thoughts unsaid

letters i have filched
from Paul’s garden
i toss feigning

nonchalance into the pot
savour to the beans and carrots
cut and chopped and diced
hoping with a gourmand’s need
            they will add
thickness to the stock

so we give this day
our daily dread

weak with want
& bent spoon
the small lumps
that are my thoughts

these my pilferings
the dumplings i am
hoping for

stirring the firmament
sniffing the pot

Dennis Cooley has edited two anthologies of prairie poetry, written two critical titles and over a dozen books of poetry. A new book of poetry, the stones, was released in September, 2013, and another, abecedarian, in the spring of 2014. He is working on a collection of essays on Robert Kroetsch's poetry.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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