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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 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.




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