Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday poem #47 : D.G. Jones : Nature Tries

two daffodils on the bank beyond
the window, and April
is almost over

I am in the bank account of
fallen leaves, representatives of all
the devalued currency the bank
has created to forestall the collapse
of various
Western economies

the kind of double talk associated with
global warming we octogenarians associate
easily with

our governments, oil & holy writ, and
don’t believe. Still

we’re here like the daffodils, even if
two is not a host, but remains
a reminder that Wordsworth could only speak
for his own

moment in time – as May may say,
nature tries

(April 29, 2013)

D.G. Jones was born in Ontario in 1929. He has won the Governor General’s Award twice (for poetry in 1977 and for translation in 1993). His poetry has also won two QSPELL Awards and the A.J.M. Smith Award. Jones retired from teaching at the Universit√© de Sherbrooke in 1994. He now lives in North Hatley, Quebec. His chapbook, standard pose, appeared with above/ground press in 2002 (reprinted in Ground Rules: the best of the second decade of above/ground press 2003-2013), and The Stream Exposed With All Its Stones: Collected Poems came out with Vehicule Press in 2009.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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