The Signals

by Louise Carson

Louise Carson’s poetry has appeared in many Canadian publications including The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013. Her books are A Clearing (Signature Editions, 2015), Executor (Signature Editions, 2015), Mermaid Road (Broken Rules Press, 2013), and Rope (Broken Rules Press, 2011). She lives near Montreal where she writes, teaches music, and gardens.

A rectangular post
with a globe on top that seems to be
a kindly courteous gentleman looking
at his lawn turns out he’s meant
to define someone’s front yard gate
while a brute poised for a dive becomes
a poolside dummy dear manikin
if I throw you in do you float or sink

I can’t take one more step
follow to its end the signals
are everywhere telling me to silence
neighbour you are shredding the peace
when the dream gets interesting you knock
you bark you miaou you burr whine growl
I plunge my heavy hand up to the elbow
it comes out silver light

If I drive my car too high one day
say into the forever blue or through
the corn or down where things rush
and burble plop and swish who’d fish
me out burnt silky moist
excuse me we haven’t met yet
I feel I know you impossible uniformed youth
doubtless righteous and able to laugh me off

 


Louise Carson’s poetry has appeared in many Canadian publications including The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013. Her books are A Clearing (Signature Editions, 2015), Executor (Signature Editions, 2015), Mermaid Road (Broken Rules Press, 2013), and Rope (Broken Rules Press, 2011). She lives near Montreal where she writes, teaches music, and gardens.

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