Genesis: Northern Ontario

Precis: Sometimes, you can’t enact any of the ideas you’re thinking on paper and need to explore another medium. This is a multimedia piece, and I enjoyed it so much I’m hoping to do many more soon. Click ‘read more’ to read it.

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We are

tethered gently

to the world we left below,

but only just, like

stars drifting night by night

across a sky so black

the city has never seen it.

We are

birds’

feathers dancing down, fallen

to dust

the floor of rough

brown chips and cracked leaves.

The noise

of our passing–twigs cracking,

the startled movements of small mammals–

highlights the sense

we are

intruding. Broken-jawed,

the forest sighs,

and we bring ourselves through it,

moving towards the river.

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Birds’

feather(s) dust the floor of rough

brown chips and cracked leaves.

We are tethered gently to the world we left below,

but only just, like stars drifting night by night

across a sky so black the city has never seen it. The noise

of our passing–twigs cracking, the startled movements of small mammals–

highlights the sense we’re intruding upon the world as it is. Broken-jawed,

the forest sighs, and we bring ourselves through it, moving generally

towards the river.

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Mid-July, in the fields around Sibbald’s Point

I know the town’s only minutes from here, but it feels like we’re almost alone. Birds’ feathers dust the floor of rough brown needles and cracked leaves, and we walk, tethered gently to the world we left below; we’re stars drifting night by night across a sky so black the city has never seen it. The noise of our passing–twigs cracking, the startled movements of small mammals–only highlights the sense we are intruding upon the world as it is. You signal, and together, we sit against a tree, bringing ourselves back to see the other side of where we’ve been.

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