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Legends of the Fall
Glen Sorestad

With each passing year my tolerance
diminishes for winter and its trials.
It all begins when we have to move
our outdoor morning walk inside a mall
to the security of an ice-free foothold.
We never worried about falling
when we had four little ones tumbling
hither and yon; it was part of growing up,
we said, falls are inevitable — and so they are.
But now our lethargic limbs are far less supple,
our feet less steady, so winter’s sidewalks
metamorphose from the steadfastness
of cement to mean-spirited ice.
So we content ourselves, walking
among like-minded seniors who seek
the foot sureness malls afford,
greeting familiar faces every morning,
as we log our fluorescent miles beneath
the watchful eye of security cameras,
there to catch us should we fall.

by Glen Sorestad.
Used with the author’s permission.

Glen Sorestad is a Canadian poet, fiction writer, editor, publisher, anthologist, and public speaker. Author of over twenty books of poetry and many short stories, his work has appeared in more than sixty anthologies and textbooks. His latest book of poems is Hazards of Eden: Poems of the Southwest(Lamar University Press, 2015) Sorestad served from 2000-2004 as Saskatchewan’s first Poet Laureate and has given public readings of his poetry in every province of Canada, as well as in the U.S. and many parts of Europe. In November of 2010, Glen was inducted into the esteemed Order of Canada for his lifetime of outstanding literary achievement, dedication to his community, and service to his nation. Glen lives in Saskatoon; learn more about him here.


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