serving time (in the burbs II

by Daniela Elza

Daniela Elza’s work has appeared internationally in over 100 publications. Her poetry collections are: the weight of dew (2012), the book of It (2011), and milk tooth bane bone (2013). She immigrated to Canada in 1999 and lived in the suburbs for four years, before moving to Vancouver. Her latest manuscript is still looking for a home amidst the growing housing crises.

grief returns like a fifth season
in our lives. slips quietly through the door

in a pomegranate of premonitions.
in persimmons of disaffection.

talking becomes too much effort.
laughter ceases.

you see it in the emptiness of things.
even the bowls in the house remind you of it.

I keep filling them with fruit
for comfort.

then the cherry blossoms bloom with it
the birds keep growing louder with it

the crows caw their warnings at me
follow me around the yard as if it is I

who has stopped
listening.

 

one way and for lease we paint our façades
in recognizable acceptable colours.

boarded and shuttered inside ourselves.
I never knew not loving you was an option.

we are busy fighting the small crimes
the big ones are beyond us now.

the widows with the views are elsewhere.

the mountains you imagined curious and peeking
have looked away. stay at a safe distance.

the sunbeams that readily spread themselves
like rugs on our afternoon floors

have been issued restraining orders.
the doors of your shock open wide.


Daniela Elza’s work has appeared internationally in over 100 publications. Her poetry collections are: the weight of dew (2012), the book of It (2011), and milk tooth bane bone (2013). She immigrated to Canada in 1999 and lived in the suburbs for four years, before moving to Vancouver. Her latest manuscript is still looking for a home amidst the growing housing crises.

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