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Current Issue: #219 Contested Migrations (Winter 2013)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 219 (Winter 2013) is now available. The issue features articles by Vinh Nguyen, Miriam Pirbhai, Rachel Bower, and others, as well as new poetry & book reviews.

Weed Flowers

by Anne Le Dressay

He picked flowering weeds, wild
flowers, as we were walking,
and gave them to me: wild sweetpeas,
goldenrod. They grace the kitchen table
now. For them, I have displaced
the garden flowers which are always
there for the picking.
For the moment, these weeds triumph,
and will die too in their time,
which is not yet.

I carried them home in my hand,
rode the crowded transit bus
with the bad-tempered driver
who thought I was lingering
with a lover. No. These flowers,
picked so casually on a walk, were
given me by a man who will not
be a lover, though I had hoped.

So I have carried carefully home
the flowers casually given, and
when they die, or when I leave
for the other home where I have to
live, these flowers, these wild-growing
weeds transferred to a tame
kitchen, these weeds in their end
will mark an end. Not yet.

This poem originally appeared in Canadian Literature #150 (Autumn 2014), Urquhart and Munro. (pg. 9)

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