“Worrisome” by Fareh Malik

Poetry Pause is the League of Canadian Poets’ daily poetry dispatch. Read “Worrisome” by Fareh Malik, part of our 2024 Poem in Your Pocket Day collection!


by Fareh Malik

This one is for

the men who find

solace on the edges of


the ones that feel peace in-between

violent folds of air

who eat lightning

and still have room for dessert

those who find themselves in pitch-black fear

and lean on their

night-vision tranquility

warriors who plunge head first

into an ocean of horizon

without double-checking the parachute

I wanna be like you one day.

Fareh Malik is an author and artist from the Greater Toronto Area. Originally a spoken word poet, recently he was named the 2023 winner of the Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence, the 2022 PEN Canada New Voices Award winner, and his book Streams that Lead Somewhere was the winner of the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry, and longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.

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