“Say What?”

Soft rain carried on tender breezeCaressed her innocent face.Sylvan sachet on morning air,A welcoming fragrant embrace.The pathway lay in mellow shadeBeneath that cool and verdant rank.We made our way through shielding treesAnd reached the nearby river bank.She went to climb a crooked oak,But lying nearby on the leaShe found a gem that caught her eyeAnd…

A New Acquaintance

Not long after I moved to town, my car needed a service. I took a stroll down to the garage at the end of the street. It was a two door affair with a cracked office window. Both doors were up but only one of the bays was holding a vehicle. I stepped in through…

Ed and Wilbur

"You certainly look relaxed, Ed" "Oh yeah, I am.  I've gotta thank someone for leaving that gate open. Was that you? I owe you one. I didn't know the neighbours were growing weed in their backyard." "I think most yards have weeds. Some more than others..." "No, not weeds, Wilbur. I thought I'd died and gone to…

The Art Gallery

I bought three art prints today after spending the afternoon at the gallery. I had been meaning to go since I returned from Vancouver 16 months ago but I never got around to it. While out west, I visited every gallery and museum in B.C. There's a lot of Salish and Inuit art in Vancouver…

Cherish

  I stood at the window in the front room, looking across the street. Mrs. Pauley was standing on her front step, her chin in the air as she tried find the sweet spot to read the paper though her bifocals. She always looks funny when she does that, I thought, like she’s looking down…

Lemming

I'm afraid of heights which is really a cliché. If you look up an on-line list of the most common fears, heights would be right at the top along with bugs and water and snakes. I'm not talking about aircraft or roller coasters or the CN Tower. I mean places like apartment balconies or the atrium railing on…

A Nice Way To Start The Day

There's nothing more relaxing than a cool spring morning on the golf course. Not many duffers out yet and it feels as if we have the place to ourselves. This is my favourite hole. It's a challenge. A dogleg left with this pond on a direct line from the tee. You have to focus. This…

Toasted

"It's hard to believe it's 45 Celsius out there" his friend said, "It looks like a Christmas Card.” "When the fresh water ran out, they built those desalinization units," he said, pointing at the domes stretching across the countryside. “Now the oceans are evaporating, the country's burning and the salt and ash are drifting like snow.…

Ingrates

"Are you laughing at me?" I stared at the two of them in shock. They were mocking me! All I've wanted was to care for and admire them. They've been given pride of place at the very centre of my little greenhouse, Lord and Lady over all they surveyed. Just below their perch sits the ribbon won…