Poem: An Avalanche

She can’t close her eyes
but to see him floating
hair caught with ice,
anchored to this heart break like a star.

Her hands clamp shut silent pleas
of ‘if only’s’.

To heave up the unforgivable-

that one day
her heart,
would still
all songs of charity.

Someone else, dear God,
someone else.

She crouches down
bent low by disbelief.

Searches for him in photos
and stick figured cards
carefully signed.

She sleeps with his sweater
wrapped round her indigo grief.

Oh, little boy,
let her just see you,
hold you,
warm you,

in this rock-songed culvert
where her cries
come back
like the coal black crows
stilled
on this soft bed of snow.

Coming Events

Jude is launching her eighth book of poetry Impromptu! She'll be on a mini tour between now and June, when she begins her Poetry Residency at Joy Kogawa House. Admission is free for all events. She will be selling her new book and poetry CD.

Launch on Bowen Island at Collins Hall - Sunday, March 8 at Collins Hall - 4:00-5:30

Reading at The Writers Studio, Simon Fraser University - March 12

Reading at Cottage Bistro on Main St. in Vancouver - date and time TBA

Vancouver Launch at Murray Adaskin Studio, Vancouver - Saturday April 4 - 7:00-8:30

Readings in Nanaimo and Victoria later this spring - dates and times TBA


Jude Reads Her Poetry