Artwork: “Evening Rouge” by Lisa Delorme Meiler.


I write you into every word, every
noun and every verb
every syntactical choice
has something of you
lodged within it

I write you into every word, every
time a metaphor leaps
or a simile jumps
like a frog
off a lily pad leaving
only a brief quiver
in the water
you are
that quiver

I write you into every word, every
letter, every sign, each
comma that hinges
in the middle of a line, or
a hesitation, a dash
that shoots off
the end –
an immediacy that runs
– both ways

I write you into every word, I write
you into every
thing, so
do not fear if I never
wrote your name
framed a character
in your shadow
or penned a sonnet
about your imperfect brown eyes, the ones
I plunged into
and never
came out

flip over any sentence, unearth
the simplest phrase
and you will find
pieces of you in it –
bite size morsels
all the more
delicious because
they are broken

 


Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Company) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her National Film Board short documentary, this river, won the Coup de Coeur at the Montreal First Peoples Festival and has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Her first novel, The Break (House of Anansi) was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize and is a Canada Reads finalist.

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