Sunday, July 29, 2018

Advent '89



I know Marc Lepine
                never understood
himself
                    or his family
he bore a self-inflicted
                            martyrdom
of hatred
but that’s only half the story—
                        he signed the registration
for the .223 semi
                    he failed his
courses
              his relationships
                           his military admission
and his biographer
                                   he left no other criminal record
but mostly he failed
                        Canadian men
                                       fathers
                                            uncles
                                                 husbands
                                                      lovers
                                                           friends
his steel larynx
                          pierced
skulls
              hearts
                           spleens
and the curtain of
                           silence
between the sexes
                     and now the drum-roll
drones
                  to dialogue  
                                     and tears
as Advent advances
                   from sea to sea.
                                                           (1989)

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