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    Ursa Minor: Poetry inspired by real Northern news

    “New Gord Downie work dedicated to boy who died running away from residential school.” CBC. Sept. 9, 2016.

    Unlucky Bird

    mark this mourning, last night

    there was frost, the old


    women are optimistic but the birds

    know it will snow, make


    slow escapes against

    guns and the gunmetal grey


    of institutions supported by institutional

    insistation on standardization, the road


    side stands are all closed

    the talking talking talking tourists have


    all returned to suburban side lines, the fire

    weed is out bloomed, gone


    to cotton and the strange

    sorrow autumn brings, catch


    in red sumac arrows, the blue

    berry season over but the rose


    hips have sweetened, still its

    carnations everyone should be wearing, school


    has gone in, soon

    it will go out, thanks


    giving a holiday for fat

    people in fat houses housing


    all kinds of regrets you would never

    have thought to think about, that’s


    what all the thick carpets are about, under

    the freshly-beaten rugs tiny


    red fingers poke out, quick

    clean up, company


    has come, sitting now

    with a knife to cut the unlucky bird, the candle


    goes out, a cold

    wind accuses the room, someone


    left the window open, forgot

    to lock up, with


    his hand on the door your grandfather says

    we did what we could to make them civilized, outside


    a whisky jack raids the feeder, cries out

    wenjack wenjack wenjack


    over and over as if the word

    would mean something to an ear that was listening

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