Seaside Town

These birds seem to ride a breeze
in a light rain.

Is that the truth of birds
riding the breeze in a light rain?

The difference between them

Beside the sea spilling out
the beach god sits

stronger than any bird—
not the rain screwed blind

glued to the street, not
erotic longing,

nothing at all beating
on the back of the wind

a wet bird.

Please note that works on the Canadian Literature website may not be the final versions as they appear in the journal, as additional editing may take place between the web and print versions. If you are quoting reviews, articles, and/or poems from the Canadian Literature website, please indicate the date of access.