Yesterday, for Jack Layton (1950-2011) by Waldemar Ens

yesterday
a carved wooden cane called cancer
              came out of nowhere and
                            whacked us in the solar plexus


but when Jack carried it he used it like a
sceptre
magically inspiring the different strands to tie together


reaching out and hooking us in
poking prodding the soft underside of
apathy


pointing out a better way down
a clearer road


helping us walk that road
even with our broken hips


yesterday
a gentle wooden cane
             fell out of nowhere
                            at our feet


waiting for us to pick it up









Comments

Franci Louann said…
Lovely, thank you, Waldemar.
Cane as symbol, let's remember that.

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