PIYP Day 2019: Kathryn Mockler



by Kathryn Mockler


If you are feeling hopeless,
then give up hope. I won’t
tell anyone. I won’t tell you
to put on a brave face or feel
better about yourself. I won’t
tell you to wash your hair or
pick up the dirty clothes. You
don’t know where to begin. I
don’t know where to end. We
are water. We slosh this way
and that. Sometimes we splash
up against a boat, a dock, the
shore. Fish swim through us.
Rocks sink. There are pebbles
and little pieces of glass and
there are sticks and there are
shells and there are fragments
of bone. The garbage floats—
a plastic cup, a beer can. Some-
times the sand beneath us gets
stirred up. Sometimes it sits
perfectly still.  


Previously published in The Puritan (Issue 41, Spring 2018).

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Kathryn Mockler is the author of four books of poetry and six short films. She is the Canada Editor of Joylanda hub for short fiction, the Publisher of The Rusty Toque, and she teaches creative writing at Western University.