Somewhere in Lebanon: A Response to “Peaches of the Two-Coloured Palace”

Somewhere in Lebanon: A Response to “Peaches of the Two-Coloured Palace” #poetry #Montreal #Lebanon #ZiadGhaoui #AGG

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Somewhere in Lebanon
There’s a patch of fresh-turned earth,
Everywhere the last flowers of summer
Are being blown away by the night wind.

So many friends who’d have made
Such excellent old men have died too young,
Each new friend multiplies our pleasures,
This year past, a stream of laments.

Perhaps it will fall to me
To be the old man I often see
In a cream suit, brown cardigan and olive tie,
Sin…

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Of the Cosmos on Our Skin

Of the Cosmos on Our Skin #PEI #poetry #tanka #micropoetry #homo #cosmology #AGG #Tankawanka

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Our every breath
Borrowed from the dying stars,
Our blood the salt seas,
Tonight we will feel the ghosts
Of the cosmos on our skin.

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Supermoon on a Skateboard

Supermoon on a Skateboard #supermoon #tanka #micropoetry #poetry #中秋 #MidAutumnFestival #Montreal #skateboarding

Supermoon from the International Space Station

When you are a child
The world’s gravity is fun
Swings—slides—monkey bars
Every challenge is a joy
When you fall—you get back up

No sense of balance
It’s Mid-Autumn Festival
There’s a Supermoon
So conditions are ideal
For skateboarding—and falling

Even the moon wants
To distance itself from us
Each year falls away
Three point eight centimetres
As it flees our gravity

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Al Ziz / الزيز

Al Ziz / الزيز #Montreal #ZiadGhaoui #RIP #InMemoriam #tanka #poetry

Andrew and Ziad March 2012

What is the limit?
I am sure nobody knows.
But I assure you,
There’s room in our crowded hearts
For your gently fading ghost.

Last time I saw you:
You were in the Pride Parade,
And as you passed by,
I rushed in from the sidelines,
Surprising you with a hug.

I see you smiling,
I hear you laughing, I see
You walking away.
All of this really happened.
And will not happen again.

So rest with us now,
M…

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  • 2 weeks ago

Your laugh is the same

Your laugh is the same #Montreal #micropoetry #tanka #poetry #AGG #AndrewGrimesGriffin #Tankawanka #NotesonFilm1

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Your laugh is the same
Lacing the conversation
With an easy flow
As if it had never paused
What’s thirty years between friends?

Our separate lives
Stretched across three continents
Anchored to this shared
City and time we first learned
To love men—learned the hard way

The bare-chested boys
In Parc Lafontaine—the cops
Dressed in camouflage
Desires and fears do not change—
Not easily—not at all

At…

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  • 3 weeks ago

The stars do not fall

The stars do not fall #tanka #poetry #PEI #love #cosmology

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The stars do not fall
The moon does not shrink and grow
There will come a day
The sun will not rise—so what
That your love’s a fucking lie

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A Cicada’s Swan Song: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Spring in the Jade Pavilion”

A Cicada’s Swan Song: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Spring in the Jade Pavilion” #Montreal #Murakami #Cicadas #poetry #詞 #词 #李清照 #LiQingzhao

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“We survived. You and I. And those who survive have a duty. Our duty is to do our best to keep on living. Even if our lives are not perfect. “
from Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

How could either of us have known
My plastic balcony table
Would be your final resting place?

When I saw you there, I thought
You were already dead
So I picked you up; I noticed,
Y…

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Gay Pride Parade: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Complaint Against A Prince”

Gay Pride Parade: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Complaint Against A Prince” #Montreal #PEI #GayPride #FiertéMontréal

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Gay Pride Parade: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Complaint Against A Prince”

Mid-August and the weather turns cool,
The rain falls for three days and three nights,
The cold and the wet
Silences the cicadas,
But the green grass at least is lengthening
Through the cracked concrete steps.
After two weeks at the seaside
Feeling the sun, the wind and the saltwater
On my bare skin,
I am back in Montreal,

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  • 1 month ago
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