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In equal balance justly weighed

Slouching toward Democracy

Where have all the wise men gone?

By Populist Demand

When urban and rural voters went separate ways

How Mend the Years


let him sit on the beach

my uncle    in his lawn chair

that folds like a stork

aluminum and shredded

blue webbing    glass of Labatt’s

in his hand


let him unreel

the past on the waves    psalms

pastures and lilies

the cosmos blooming    stargazing

a blur he almost can feel     made one

with what he is seeing     lake

and the line between water and sky


let him hum without tune

he spools thin lines of bliss

as if fishing

hitching this place to the quiet

promise of peace    geography’s

comforting shape

this bluish brown water    this meniscus

parasol sky    moving    unmoving

unhurried as pre-historical time

let him memorize

the lake’s surface    find


in what he sees there

something that mends


Arleen Paré’s first book, Paper Trail, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay B.C. Book Award for Poetry and won the Victoria Butler Book Prize. Her novel, Leaving Now, was published in 2012 by Caitlin Press and Lake of Two Mountains, her new poetry collection, will be released by Brick Books in spring 2014. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Victoria. Her work has appeared in various Canadian literary publications, including The Malahat Review and CVII, as well as in several anthologies including A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships (TouchWood, 2014).