Two Poems

by Zachariah Wells

Zachariah Wells is a writer and editor living in Halifax. Recent books include Track & Trace (poems), The Essential Kenneth Leslie (as editor), Anything but Hank! (children's picture book, as co-author) and Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets (as editor). He is a contributing editor at Canadian Notes & Queries magazine and blogs at Career Limiting Moves.

Dramatic Stories

We enter musical
terrain governed
by a private and public
here. Technically

speaking, this is neither
mawkish nor mock-
heroic. I don’t think
it’s intended to be.

Learn how to assess
the title—it’s time
to take a hard look
and make an honest

assessment of your little
patch of Eden. The track
is downtempo;
I’ve been experimenting

with different methods
to get. I kept putting.
The number one reason
for failure is incorrect

lighting. Range, both geographical
and emotional,
has always been.
What is being referred to

in the cage is time.
This light is not a throw
away plastic commercial
quality system.

Leaves are now browned.
The swearing-in of
an old rose while under
restoration reveals

dramatic stories from the path.

 

New Standards

new standar
ds and wing patter

ns should be impressive
with bands extensive

ly fused.
we crossed

the road. the cit
y holds lit

tle aircraft with proper win
gs bad win

ds and blow
ing snow.

this build
ing should

be the stran
gest. I do understan

d. what I’m saying here is a science. trap sets might
venture an hypothesis on a site

where thousands have toiled
and toiled.

the past makes the finding of pres
ence brought forward to a pos

ition where it marks the beginning.
believe the same thing

real-life issue
s. I tracked you

by your foot
marks. it was not

a surprise.


Zachariah Wells is a writer and editor living in Halifax. Recent books include Track & Trace (poems), The Essential Kenneth Leslie (as editor), Anything but Hank! (children's picture book, as co-author) and Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets (as editor). He is a contributing editor at Canadian Notes & Queries magazine and blogs at Career Limiting Moves.

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