Emergency Brake by Murray Reiss

Poet: Murray Reiss Poem name: Emergency Brake Poem: In the unlikely event of an emergency, please stop what you are doing. — B.C. Ferries  If we were bark beetles I could understand  If we were bark beetles we wouldn’t know  If we were bark beetles we couldn’t  		stop  not with one weakened spruce or pine still standing End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Murray Reiss Murray Reiss has lived on Salt Spring Island since 1979. His first book, The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild, won the League of Canadian Poets’ 2013 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. His second book, Cemetery Compost, was published in 2016. He brings his work to life on the stage as well as the page as a Climate Action Performance Poet and founding member of the Only Planet Cabaret.