Posted in Chutzpah


When we arrived back from abroad
after making a fortune –
well sort of
a mid size deposit for
a mid size house
in a mid status suburb,
the economy was slumbering –
hung over,
not at all favourable to refugees or defectors.

Work: my loved one approached her former employer
and found four weeks covering for honeymoon leave.
Dreams and reality
we saw the house of our dreams
the bank not interested in deposit or equity
but mortgage
“ ability to pay .” No. Capital cannot be used as offset.

My loved one spoke to her boss
explaining and asking for proof of employment.
The boss looked over her bifocals and said
“ I assume you have the means to pay this?”
A nod –
she wrote on a reputable letterhead
…. ….. is employed by … with an annual salary of …



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.