she had feathers missing on her wings
she didn’t know if they’d ever grow
so she learned to run instead

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he kissed me
and i kissed him back
but i don’t love him
i guess i should
tell him
that

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they laughed
at the same
punchlines for
years to keep
the friendship
alive / while
forgetting to make
new jokes with
punchlines
on the side

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clear skies
baking pies
flying kites
stealing bites
taking hikes
riding bikes
kiss goodbyes
b u t t e r f l i e s

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oh why must airfare be so fickle?

toying with my emotions
                                    and my budget
fleeting, ever elusive,
                                cruel
leaving me helpless
                              pleading
my needs
               compromised
my dreams
               departing
my hopes
               waning

i only wish to fly across the sea
for a rare visit to see my family
a reunion nine years late
must airfare determine my fate?

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This past week has been… turbulent, so to speak. I’m currently looking at plane tickets for my upcoming volunteer/backpack trip to South-East Asia; and I also hoped to go to China to visit my family, whom I haven’t seen in nine years. But these airfare prices! The way they rise and fall, and lately, continuously rise – it’s been really challenging to stay hopeful. Alas, what choice do I have but to keep my fingers crossed? Here’s to keeping hope alive – so that I may take flight! 

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Come home my darling
The kettle is calling
The candles are burning
Your kiss I’m yearning

let your eyes wander
to unseen places
forgotten treasures
and cryptic secrets

let your eyes wander
across landscapes
over horizons
and beneath surfaces

let your eyes wander
away from obstacles
hurdles that stumble
and frustrate you

let your eyes wander
past the gridlock
through the crowd
and into mine
                    so we may create wonders

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Be sure to check out the recently completed collection of Poetry for Elephants

This final poem is for the wonderful Marjorie Chan, an incredible playwright, performer, librettist, director and the Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Company. On top of which she’s an amazing person, who brings a bounty of joy wherever she goes. Marjorie, thank you so much for supporting my fundraiser and for being a great source of inspiration. Much love!

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Figaro

he arrives
                dressed
                in uniform
                black and white
                a tailored
                tuxedo
                soft and refined
he waltzes
                expertly navigating
                across the room
                with acute
                precision
                target
                locked
he jumps
                onto the keyboard
                purring
                seeking attention
                overriding
                priorities
                with cuteness

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That moment when the cat decides you’re not getting any work done today.

Thank you to everyone who have helped me reach my community fundraising goal with Operation Groundswell! I am writing poems for every donor as my way of saying “Thank You”.  For more info click: Poetry for Elephants

This poem is for the formidable Derrick Chua, a man who needs no introduction. He is an incredible producer and supporter of the arts, and is beloved by everyone in the theatre community. He’s one of the founders of Studio 180 Theatre, and you can catch their production of COCK by Mike Bartlett playing at The Theatre Centre until April 27th. Derrick, thank you so much for helping me reach my fundraising goal!

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                        roots
                                    expansive
   pervasive
                                                    ever
reaching
                                                   towards
  fresh
                                                 new
       grounds
                                       where
              potential
                                     lay
                  dormant
                         awaiting
                         the
                         seasons
                         to
                         turn
                         when
                         upon
                         the
                         cue
                         of
                         s p r i n g ‘ s
                         s a l u t a t I o n s
                         r e a d i e s
                         the
                         s o i l
                         for
                         n a t u r e’s
                         g r a n d
                         s  y  m  p  h  o  n  y

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Thank you to everyone who have helped me reach my community fundraising goal with Operation Groundswell! I am writing poems for every donor as my way of saying “Thank You”.  For more info click: Poetry for Elephants

This poem is for the lovely Jacqueline Robertson Cull, a brilliant hair & make up artist/wig maker – and the most wonderful, marvellous, kind hearted person. I’ve had the great privilege of working with Jacqueline a couple years ago and have always enjoyed her company and the great stories she shared. Jacqueline, you are an inspiration and thank you so much for your support so that I may go on adventures just as you have! All my love! 

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collections

fragments of memories
                                    crystallized
moments
              encased in globes
turned
upside
down
        made magical by
                                   kisses

                                                  “farewell”

                                     and

                 “hello”

overtime
              foxed edges
              leave behind
                                  the reminder of a touch
                                  the scent of a whisper

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Thank you to everyone who have helped me reach my community fundraising goal with Operation Groundswell! I am writing poems for every donor as my way of saying “Thank You”.  For more info click: Poetry for Elephants

This poem is for the most remarkable Meara T-B, a phenomenal theatre director/maker and friend.  Meara is an all around wonder woman – she’s incredibly talented, intelligent, and kick-ass. Tomorrow, she’ll be celebrating her 25th name day (yay!), so this happy early birthday from me. Sending you lots of warm wishes, may them all come true!  Much love!

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silver jubilee

a special day
is soon to arrive
a day of cheers
a day of beers
a day of celebrating
twenty five years
so ice the cakes
and pop the champagne
here’s to a great
quarter century!

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Thank you to everyone who have helped me reach my community fundraising goal with Operation Groundswell! I am writing poems for every donor as my way of saying “Thank You”.  For more info click: Poetry for Elephants

This poem is dedicated to Anonymous “L”. Thank you so much for supporting my fundraiser! 

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For Goodness!

“Oh for goodness sake!” says she, with arms raised up.
He stares at his feet, blushing, he can’t speak up.

“Where have you been?” she demands, voice quivering.
“Um…” he stumbles, “um… I got lost, while… delivering… “

Her eyes widen in disbelief, “I can’t believe this.”
“Well,” he starts, “it was rather dark in the abyss.”

“Oh, the abyss,” she scoffs, “I’ve heard that before.
Next, you’ll tell me that you fell through a trap door.”

“Actually yes!” he says, eagerly.
She looks at him, sceptically.

He explains, “I dunno how I got stuck there, you see.”
“I didn’t know what I was lookin’ for, to break free.”

“Until,” he continues, “I saw you on the other side.”
“And I knew, you were my saving hope, my guide.”

“Those words are rather sweet, but you’re wrong.”
She replies, “It’s you, I’ve been looking for all along.”

They smile awkwardly at each other.
Happy to have found one another.

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Yes, this poem was inspired by Ron and Hermione, no matter what J.K. says, they belong together!

Ron and Hermione forever!

Thank you to everyone who have helped me reach my community fundraising goal with Operation Groundswell! I am writing poems for every donor as my way of saying “Thank You”.  For more info click: Poetry for Elephants

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