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National Poetry Month: Shirley Camia reads What You Can’t Take With You
What You Can’t Take With You (for Mom)
do you remember the reeds that closed in
before they opened up to a world engulfed
by the blues of the sky and sea
a world where men whose faces
cracked like roasted pig skin
sent out smoky circles
cut by children chasing chickens
flies swirled in a cyclone
as the gulls swooped in
do you remember
a world before the rains
before the petals fell
one by one
@2015 Shirley Camia, reprinted by permission from The Significance of Moths, Turnstone Press (Winnipeg, MB).
Shirley Camia is a broadcaster and journalist, born in Winnipeg to first-generation Filipino immigrants. She has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, sleeping alongside the rice fields of rural Japan and falling in love with Canada's far north. She lives and writes in Toronto.
The Winnipeg Free Press will be running poems by Manitoba poets every weekday in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. The NPM in the WFP Project was edited by Ariel Gordon.