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Morning Declaration
Glen Sorestad


This morning the northwest wind blusters
a declarative sentence, replete with clausal
gusts, punctuated with rainy exclamation.

The golf course lies silent as a thought.
Even the omnipresent Canada geese have
opted not to declaim their plaintive intents,

gone to seek shelter somewhere beyond
utterance. Trees shake their leaves
like pompom quotation marks.

Those in subordinate servitude to dogs
have been taken out, thoroughly roused,
and returned to the warmth of home.

My partner and I persist in our fitness
imperative, lean, two slashes in rain,
follow our syntactical route home.

From What We Miss (Thistledown Press Ltd., 2010).
Used here with the author's permission.



Glen Sorestad is a Canadian poet, fiction writer, editor, publisher, anthologist, and public speaker. Author of more than 25 books of poetry and numerous short stories, his work has appeared in more than 70 anthologies and textbooks and his book, Selected Poems from Dancing Birches, was published in Italy in a bilingual edition. Glen has been appointed to The Order of Canada, that country's highest non-military honor, served as Saskatchewan’s first Poet Laureate from 2000 - 2004, and has given public readings of his poetry in every province of Canada, as well as in many U.S. states and many parts of Europe. Glen lives in Saskatoon with his wife, Sonia, who he claims is his "first and most enthusiastic reader and editor." Learn more about Glen here.




Post New Comment:
striking and witty, glen. thanks.
Posted 02/04/2017 09:07 PM
This poem was a delight.
Posted 01/27/2017 01:58 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Such a fun per. Thank you for starting my day with "smartness."
Posted 01/26/2017 08:26 AM
Janet Leahy:
Wonderful language in this poem—"the golf course silent as a thought." Nice to start the day with your poem, thanks Glen.
Posted 01/26/2017 08:03 AM
Larry Schug:
I liked the word choice, the insights this poem provides and the story written between the lines. And thank you for not calling the geese "Canadian", a huge pet peeve of mine! Nice work as usual, Glen.
Posted 01/26/2017 07:55 AM
Very creative and appealing. Janice
Posted 01/26/2017 07:52 AM
...Those in subordinate servitude to dogs: You nailed this one beautifully. Smiles & Thanks, Glen!
Posted 01/26/2017 05:36 AM
Very clever Glen, it will be a while before I look at exclamation points the same as I always have.
Posted 01/26/2017 04:41 AM

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