Poetry Pause: Kate Rogers — Canadian/British Couple Moves to Canada After 20 Years in Hong Kong

Poem author: Kate Rogers Poem title: Canadian/British Couple Moves to Canada After 20 Years in Hong Kong Poem: We journey towards a home not of our summer. Its winter trees will stiffen our bones. Its rocks are sharp as teeth in an avalanche. Pebbles stare. Good fortune gifts us this arrival carried on feet worn flat by roads that led to every destination but this one. We journey towards a home where we hope the full moon will halo our heads, mythical ancestors will applaud us. Our migration displaces no one. We aren’t running for our lives, as Darwish was, but nevertheless, there is glory. The frozen lake grinds sand beach from stone. Tropical fruits hard and green. We will suck juice from the thin rind of the winter sun. Of our new home we will see only difference. We will fall, we will fall, until we learn to skid and steer, until we learn to walk lightly on snow’s thin crust, inhale the blades of skinning knives, exhale clouds. Until our souls drift over from the old land in their own good time. Only then can this become home. End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Kate Rogers Originally appeared January/February issue of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Hong Kong. Kate Rogers’ poem "John and the Book of Kells" won 1st prize in the 2019 Trinity College Dublin Book of Kells Contest. Her poems have appeared in Understorey Magazine; World Literature Today; Cha: An Asian Literary Journal; Fieldstone Review; Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century; Algebra of Owls; The Guardian; Voice & Verse; The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment and Culture; Kyoto Journal and the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize Anthology, among other publications. Kate's poem, "The Giraffe-bone Knife Set" was short-listed for the ROOM 2019 Poetry Contest. Her poems placed second in the 2019 Big Pond Rumours Contest. Kate Rogers’ latest poetry collection is Out of Place (Quattro-Aeolus House, 2017).