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After a snowfall   2022.03.09

In Alberta

in the winter

after a snowfall

we shovel our walks and our driveways.

The next day we remove the snow overnight winds

swept up and redeposited on our walks and driveways.

In Alberta

in the spring

after a snowfall,

often heavier than a winter snowfall,

we shovel our walks and our driveways.

The next day we chisel through the drifts the wind created,

not waiting a day or two for the inevitable Chinook winds to remove them for us,

because in Alberta

in the winter and spring

and in the fall

and now and then in the summer

we promptly shovel our walks and our driveways

so an ambulance and first responders can reach us

when we have a heart attack

from shovelling snow.

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COVID snapshot    2021.01.06

In the kitchen

I turn on the television –

faces, voices

to keep me company

as I make my supper.

But the face I see

and the voice I hear are wrong –

not the face of the Sunday news,

not her voice.

I consult my phone.

“Wednesday,” it says.

It is Wednesday.


When did that happen?

post Cataract Surgery


With new eyes, I discover

dust has invaded my home,

infesting bookshelves, picture frames,

computer screens, lamps, baseboards…

and nooks and crannies it had not,

to my knowledge, ever crept into before.

Handprints decorate the walls

beside previously unseen peeling paint

and hairline cracks in the gyprock.

The wrinkles on my face and neck

have multiplied,

and ones I had been aware of

have deepened into furrows.


So I leave my house and my mirror

and go outside

where the scenery that surrounds me

is no longer one-dimensional.

Hills sit in front of majestic mountains

where they used to.

Rocky peaks capped with snow

no longer line up side by side

but arrange themselves around gorges and valleys,

staggered to gain access to the sunlight

that has not been this bright in years.

And trees and shrubs and rocks and grass

decorate the hillside,

each with their own hues

and textures I want to reach up and touch.

I walk the trails

and gray birds that once flew overhead

or perched among the branches of tall trees,

remarkable only by their songs,

now have white bars on brightly colored wings

and sometimes an ebony necklace,

dark against a creamy neck,

and complete eye rings—

they even have eyes.

Leaves and needles and grass and moss

display themselves in more shades of green

than were ever in my box of crayons.

Were the colors of flowers and autumn leaves

ever as vivid as they are now?


I return home when sunlight no longer

highlights flaws

I don’t wish to see.

And someday, perhaps,

when the mountains and hills and trees

disappear behind clouds,

and the wind howls,

and the temperature plummets,

I will deal with the dust and the handprints.

And maybe, perhaps, one day,

I will deal with the peeling paint.


And the wrinkles?

I’ve earned them—

and worrying only brings more.


...Merilyn Ruth Liddell (Dec.2017)

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