“Me and Dread” by Carol Good

Poetry Pause is the League of Canadian Poets’ daily poetry dispatch. Read “Me and Dread” by Carol Good, part of the League’s Fresh Voices program.

Me and Dread

By Carol Good

The way old friends walk together—

that is how it is today with me and grief.

—From “Settling in” by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

I seldom introduce Dread by name

euphemisms are more polite in public

Being realistic, my current favourite

Dread and I agree

that as long as I acknowledge

the company I keep

we have a truce

We don’t have to talk much anymore

all that we’ve had to say

has been said

The way old friends walk together –

that is how it is for me and Dread

when we hear chickadees chatter

Dread nudges me, nods at the birds

They too will be gone soon

as their habitat shrinks

and cat attacks grow

I push back a bit

point at the full feeder

the heated birdbath

Copyright © Carol Good

Since retiring, Carol has redirected her creativity into writing – mostly poetry. Her pandemic projects included publishing of her first poetry collection – Alive & 65: a celebration – for her 65th birthday, joining the League of Canadian Poets and setting up a website, carolgood.ca with the help of her dear friend, Sue Reynolds. She lives in an octagonal century home with her very handy husband located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. She recognizes the land as being home and traditional territory to other Indigenous people since time immemorial.

Fresh Voices is a publication and workshop program created by and for the League’s associate members.

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