abstract black and white curls, image by Amy, on Pixabay
Saint Nicholas in earlier days,
a student hunches green garbage bag
laundry along lifting morning haze
on University Avenue,
less Netherlands than Greece reflected
in dark, tightly curling locks and beard,
springtime sunshine haloed, affected
only by his inner need to know.
How many springtime days and nights
and summers and falls must pass before
this face reflects the snow and delights
only in children’s passing fantasies?
(Previously published in ASH: arts sciences humanities)
great blue heron, photo by Bob MacKenzie
the boardwalk, photo by Bob MacKenzie
the mists of time, photo by Bob MacKenzie
Bob MacKenzie grew up near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in rural
Alberta with artist parents. His father was a professional photographer and
musician and his mother a photo technician, colourist, and painter. Raised
in this environment, he developed a natural affinity for photography and for
the intricacies of language. He lives and writes in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Bob’s writing has appeared in more than 400 journals across North America
and as far away as Australia, Greece, India, and Italy. He has published
nineteen volumes of poetry and prose-fiction and his work has appeared
in numerous anthologies. He's received numerous local and international
awards for his writing as well as an Ontario Arts Council grant for literature,
a Canada Council Grant for performance, and a Fellowship to attend the
Summer Literary Seminars in Tbilisi, Georgia.