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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 MothsTurnstone 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.