Crystal Hurdle | BOG PEOPLE


and what voyage, spouseless, strangers
have we embarked upon?

if something untoward happens
on this unseasonable Calgary day,
unexpectedness and privacy its own crypt
earthquakes, an overflowing Bow River
pterodactyl-disaster, pre-punishment
for what we could do

in another millennium
which two Bog People would we be?
museum exhibit, exhibitionism
evolution, devolution
a game, not a game
………. but surely a portent

My mind is running
on pure grief and pure love,
I want you
to know this
before us
behind glass


Author’s Bio

CRYSTAL HURDLE teaches English and Creative Writing at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. In October 2007, she was Guest Poet at the International Sylvia Plath Symposium at the University of Oxford, reading from After Ted & Sylvia: Poems. Her work, poetry and prose, has been published in many journals, including Canadian Literature, The Literary Review of Canada, Event, Bogg, Fireweed, and The Dalhousie Review. Teacher’s Pets, a teen novel in verse, was published in 2014.