Early morning, PMO

This poem won First place in the 2010 2-Day Poem Contest

Hansard, bound in the dead of night, arrives.


Lay the debate open on the table.

Leaf through, take in the gore of question period,

petitions splayed, begging attention like porn or Maclean’s magazine.

Practise self-denial.


Underscore each foible of the opposition including

your own backbenchers run amok

cabinet ministers slipping their collars

forthcoming civil servants

reporters immune to spin.


Mark the impending 4th anniversary of

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

with a solemn X and an asterisk

* deadline to appoint my own man.


Eat grit with some greens for breakfast.

Cut up a bloc of cheddar, mild as the NDP.

Slake your thirst for deficit spending with some domestic 

sparkling wine and celebratory cuts

to the CBC.


Tune into CPAC.


Watch the culture slowly grow

not spindly and wan, but

resistant as dandelions, prairie fires, like 

the exaggerations on lobbyists’ CV’s

too numerous to counter.


It was easier to etiolate democracy.

That took but a note to the Governor General,

a prorogation, or two.


Admit she came in handy that way.

Published online June 01 2010.

This poem was a winner in CV2’s annual 2-Day Poem Contest. Every April, CV2 challenges players to create a new original poem that uses all 10 words of our choosing. It’s poetry under pressure for prizes, publication, and personal bests. Learn how to sign up for the next 2-Day Poem Contest.

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This piece was published in ‘Poetry Only,’ the Spring 2011 issue of CV2.

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