Wednesday, April 30, 2014

and if you persist

and put away the troubles so that you might see
what has been given as the gift
the sun has peeled off her mask
and is now revealed as darkness

the stones by the firs have lapsed into absence
the moon has limped away on a crutch of stars
and the marsh has flipped on her back
so that the cattails might yowl at the scratching hand of the wind

the door of the imagination is forced open
and I am standing in the light of him 
the stories I hear now are of the new world
     the grasses are weaving in their looms of green

the wind is patching up the dust holes on the streets
and the running water is flowing down the pavements
like crayons marking the way of a child 
the boisterous silence is upon me    and finally 

I am alone with the pour of the sounds
that are roistering in my head
if you lack a patch to make you clean
then do what I do     which is absent yourself from the dream of life

and enter the other world inside the mind
put away the tawdry and the demeaning vicissitudes of delivery
flash-fire through the prairies    and list towards the goal which is expression
a far country is there where you will be healed (I believe this)

if you are sodden with misery
if the heart has been punctured by the lance that was thrown
if the mind is clotted with the endless trials of others who have been broken
I cannot help you with any of these matters

but the soul has a cure within the imagination
where everything dead lives again
where you can burst out of sterility into flower
and where the black heart can be made pure again

you simply turn and turn again
you rush through the tunnel    and arrive at the door
and you hammer it down with your will     you force yourself into the room
and begin to work    and if you persist for years 

you will be given the dregs from his cup of music


how is it that you do not speak?

should you arrive at the place where the children are
and wonder at their presence in their multitudes
should you stand at the river of darkness
and wish to be elsewhere
should you see the mothers with their stories
like lamps carried in the darkness
should you stumble and fall to your knees
and not know your own life
should you feel the losses of the people
and wonder why
should you begin to wake from the sleep
of decades
should you look upon the people who
have lost their children
and should you still stay silent
should you do all of this
I ask you
how do you do this

should you arrive at the place where the children are
and keep silent
tell me how you do this
when you look at your own children
how can you not speak for the children who have died?
how can you stop the noises in your throat?
when you are by the river of darkness
where the children are
and their mothers hold up the faint lights of their stories
so that the shadows may be dispelled
in Alberta
how is it that you do not speak?
how is it that you do not work on their behalf?
how is it that you do not dream as I do?
how is it that the words do not become stones
that you lay on the graves so as to be the marker
of our silence?
how is it the mothers are powerless?

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  1. No more silence and enough double-speak! Interview with CHED Radio and my subsequent commentary to the Minister:

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Susan Lindsay CHATHAM ON, CANADA 2 days ago Like 1 Children are the richest resource that Canada has. Just where would society be without them?

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Force RCMP to do a criminal Investigation of Children's Aid and the Alberta Justice Lawyers who helped hide the deaths of 685 Foster Children from the public.

Force RCMP to do a criminal Investigation of Children's Aid and the Alberta Justice Lawyers who helped hide the deaths of 685 Foster Children from the public.

    1. Trevor Doering
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      Calgary, Canada
The Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal recently uncovered the deaths of 685 Foster Chidren that were hidden from the public by Alberta Justice and Childrens Aid. I believe the RCMP should do a criminal investigation on Childrens Aid and Alberta Justice to find out why these deaths were hidden from the public.
To:
Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal
RCMP 
Do a criminal Investigation of the Alberta Justice Lawyers who helped hide the deaths of 685 Foster Children from the public.
Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    If Dave Hancock and Alberta Justice can hide the deaths of 600 Foster Kids from the public, imagine what else they are hiding. Please sign. The media is alerted with every signature
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