. after Terry Pamplin
Wild car rides,
these roads swinging
around corners that surprise,
climbing up laneways that press
themselves into being, imprints on
hills, on June days that
never seem to turn into nights,
the sun only dampening itself
long after midnight, and me,
longing for the Northern Lights.
Out in that cold blue bay,
bright houses float on barges,
fasten themselves to
the certainty of water,
trust that they won’t sink,
even while the ice splices itself
into slivers further down the lake:
the season has turned, shapeshifted,
a sweater it has cast off, forgotten.
Copyright © Kim Fahner. Originally published in These Wings (Pedlar Press, 2019).
Kim Fahner was the fourth poet laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury (2016-2018), and also the first woman to be appointed to the role. Kim has published five volumes of poetry, including her latest, These Wings (Pedlar Press, 2019). Her new play, Letters to the Man in the Moon, had a staged reading at the PlaySmelter New Work Theatre Festival (in collaboration with Pat the Dog Theatre Creation) in May 2019 at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. She is currently working on completing her second novel. Kim is member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers’ Union of Canada. She blogs regularly at www.kimfahner.wordpress.com and her author website is www.kimfahner.com. Find Kim on Instagram and Twitter.