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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 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). Glen 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, he 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.



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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