Grieve This Day on Golden Pond

Broncos

Front Porch Memorial on Alberta Avenue

As I write this poem, days after the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus crash in Saskatchewan, my heart and all of the hearts here on Alberta Avenue, go out to those who are grieving today.

Grieve This Day on Golden Pond

“Prayers for Humboldt”

“Shattered Lives”

All signs of the times today

Grief unimaginable

Flying flags half-mast.

Yet, heart to heart and hand in hand

We reach around the World.

Green and yellow and golden threads embroider

this time, this day, this hour, now yours.

Your green lives in the prairie grasses,

Your yellow glows in the never-fading light

Bright yellow hair ruffled by a new wind,

Blows across this golden pond of ice

Forever binding us

Broncos strong.

 

 

Faces on a Wall

Faces

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to Bard of the Avenue.

When I took this picture; painted on the side of the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and the Stollery Gallery on 118th. Avenue; I was struck by the silent, unmoving, unnaturalness of a rigid face, a face not in motion; not alive. I was intrigued by the idea of faces on a wall and I wrote this poem.

Faces on a Wall

Tell me a story, young faces of glory

An act on this brick stage.

Emoji stones faces, erases

A blink, a wink, a pout, a rage

Blow me a kiss- I miss.

Granite brow without wrinkles, or crinkles

The rain pouring down never falters – never alters

This page.

 

 

 

Ghost Bikes

IMG_8718Hello All!

I wanted to write a poem about the ghost bike which was placed at the intersection of 96th. Street and Norwood Blvd. in Edmonton last November. It stands as a stark reminder of the death of a city cyclist, killed in an early morning hit and run, and is the work of the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society.

If you want to find out more, you can go to the EBC site or ghostbikes.org, to see what is happening with ghost bikes around the world.  

Ghost Bikes

You rode into death on your bicycle.

Different, I wonder?

From getting old, everything slowing down

Breath, pulse, being

You rode into death on rubber tires.

A sudden slam ending

Like birth-entering with an explosion of light and noise and new dimension-

The wheels going round and round, then slowing down and stopping.

A determined hand, frozen,fallen,broken, brake.

Riding a white chariot to the stars.

 

 

 

 

Lashes, Forrest and Betty

Hello from Alberta Avenue, where I am finding more amazing dogs!

First up is another dog that I met at Kaleido.

Her name is Lashes and she is a sweetie.

Lashes

Lashes- what a sweetie!

At the Eastwood off leash park I met Brendan, Forrest and Betty

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Brendan, Forrest and Betty

Forrest

Beautiful Forrest

Betty

Betty is a bit of a scamp!

Forrest High Five

Brendan and Forrest give a high Five. Talk about talent!

Thanks for joining me in enjoying more dogs from Alberta Avenue

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

Romeo, Trouble and Nikka

Hello from Alberta Avenue, where we continue going to the dogs!

All three of these dogs are little tornados of energy and fun.

Two of today’s furry friends are called Romeo and Trouble.

Romeo

Romeo(left) and Trouble (right)

These two adorable balls of fur would simply not stop moving!

Next we have Nikka.

Nikka 2

Excitable Nikka

Thanks for tuning in. Catch ya’ later!