poetry

Knowing Mike Bull is a lot like arriving at an amusement park with an unlimited amount of ride tickets clenched tightly in your sweaty palm. It’s thrilling, wild, and full to the brim with unadulterated joy.

The first time I met my new cousin, Avery McCrady, was at my bridal shower. She was just a wee one back then, nestled gently in her mother’s arms, her eyes smiling. Although she wasn’t the only baby at the shower that day, this little one had me hypnotized.

In Fernie you can find expats from Chicago, Mexico City, Moscow, and Sydney, just to name a few, charmed travellers who adorn the red and white as their home country of choice. This transition has always sparked curiosity in Sadie.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lily Earl one sunny afternoon at my cousin Kerri’s house many years ago. To look at her, she resembles most of her young contemporaries; curious, bright, and so very full of light. What you can’t see is her courageous spirit. This is something you feel. A spirit that at two years of age was threatened by an all too common disease: Cancer.

As I meditate on what it means to begin again, I am doing just that: beginning again. I will learn to trust my body and the fortitude of my mind to rise and be stronger. I am broken but will heal.

Freedom is everything. This month Sadie wrote with the ancestors. She took the freedom to dig into the past and find the history that made us free, at least in this country anyway.

As spring shines in, I have been awarded the great honour of Poet Laureate by the Fernie Academy for poetry month. I value this title beyond measure as I recognize that simply by doing what I love, I am accepted, I am recognized, and I am valued by my community. 

Terry Nelson takes a short break from his outdoor adventuring and book hawking to join Sadie this month.

Hailing from the county of Limerick in Ireland, a limerick is a funny poem with a strong beat. It usually consists of three long lines and two short. All in all, it’s a light-hearted romp through a few silly stories.

“Life is the knife edge between tragedy and ridiculousness.”
-Lindsay Vallance