I go on the Internet. Walk through a house
where I once lived into the blind spot
where the optic nerve connects olefin runner
down to the basement. I book a vacation
in Wernicke’s area. We’re hung in the ash cloud.
Arctic coniferous unexplored attic and seashore.
Glass dust sopped in the grease of the Airbus.
I blow an unfamiliar tune of birdsong
and Hamelin the animals out of the bestiary.
The airport walls are smeared with dung.
I bite my tongue.
Here’s my thought. A pack of qualities
bundled in perception beaches.
Dry sulcus where my house once was.
Michael Eden Reynolds’s book of poems, Slant Room, was published in 2009 by Porcupine’s Quill. Michael is two-time winner of The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Prize. His poems have been anthologized in the Best Canadian Poetry series, and shortlisted twice for the CBC Literary Awards. Michael lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, where he works as a mental health counsellor.