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A pause

by Laurie Lewis

Maybe that's what it was, just a pause
Perhaps that vague shutdown of mind
that quiet afternoon
was a kind of visitation
merely a small transient event.

Maybe I'm still here
Perhaps not the old me
but someone close to
that person I was
that person I have known all my life.

Maybe it was a remembrance
Perhaps like today's sunshine
a reminder that the benign
kindness of summer existed
and will come again.

The way the leftover pasta
lurking dryly in the refrigerator
is not yet beyond its sell-by-date
and can easily become dinner.

The way there's still
a piece of used-to-be-me
hanging around somewhere
eager to show itself.

And speaking of aging well
might I recommend this evening
at five the Stilton pate
with a bit of Chardonnay.

About this Poem

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Laurie Lewis is a Fellow of Graphic Designers of Canada and is editor emerita of Vista, the publication of the Seniors Association in Kingston, Ontario.

She began writing in 1991 after retirement. Her written work has been on CBC and has been published in Contemporary Verse 2, Queen’s Feminist Review, Kingston Poets’ Gallery, Queen’s Quarterly, and The Toronto Quarterly. Her memoir, Little Comrades, was published by Porcupine’s Quill in 2011 and was named by the Globe and Mail among the Top 100 Books of the Year. A second memoir, Love, & All That Jazz, was published in 2013 by Porcupine’s Quill. She is currently working on a collection of essays and stories about age, but is not persuaded that the title “Mouthy Old Broad” will have much commercial appeal.

Joy Journals

Jason Heroux is interested in seeing what your "joy journal" looks like.  What sort of images and moments and memories would be in there? Please send an example of a page from your joy journal to poetlaureate@cityofkingston.ca with the words "Joy Journal" in the subject line.  It can be a poem, a list, a paragraph ... anything you like. A few submissions may be selected to appear as upcoming posts on the Poetry Blackboard.

About the Poetry Blackboard

The Poetry Blackboard showcases poems curated by Kingston's Poet Laureate and written by Kingston poets. There's a new poem every month, written by poets living and dead, historical and contemporary, published and unpublished, adults and children, giving full range to the cultural voice of Kingston. Started in 2015 by Helen Humphreys, the Poetry Blackboard has been continued since 2019 by Jason Heroux.

We wish to thank Helen Humphreys, Kingston's second Poet Laureate, for her generous support of emerging and established poets in Kingston through library programming and our Poetry Blackboard project. Throughout her four years as Poet Laureate, Helen curated a digital collection of poetry to showcase the talents of local creators of all ages, both historic and contemporary. Helen also offered several opportunities for emerging poets to develop their craft, offering group workshops and one-on-one mentorship. Her active engagement with the library and community has been greatly appreciated.

In 2019 we welcomed the incoming Poet Laureate, Jason Heroux, who continues to curate the Poetry Blackboard and to develop new community programming.

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