news sacked in wet plastic on the porch
the maple bare
last night I trailed an elk sleep-teetered
from tussock into muddy runnel
she bounded off
can the world tell us how to wed it
some article of faith welded to my brain-bone –
cast iron copper sheerest organdy a peck of pickled peppers
clear black ink – or send
at least Keats’ sparrow before my window
to set the day to rights.
Sue Chenette, a classical pianist as well as a poet, grew up in northern Wisconsin and has made her home in Toronto since 1972. She is an editor for Brick Books, and the author of Slender Human Weight (Guernica Editions 2009) and The Bones of His Being (Guernica Editions 2012) as well as three chapbooks: Solitude in Cloud and Sun, A Transport of Grief, and The Time Between Us, which won the Canadian Poetry Association’s Shaunt Basmajian Award in 2001.