Prairie

Inorganic, the sky’s baton

peaks and sweeps from a cloud podium

all the dips and warbles of feet

in fields. Wherever the city ends,

the concerto begins, cumuli 

reflected in the vague suspicion

one has upon waking, a still dread

that survival does not relieve; clouds 

writing the symphony of rain and shelter 

that caps the prairie.

Published online February 28 2017.

Musician and poet M.D. Dunn lives in Sault Ste. Marie and teaches creative and technical writing at Sault College. His latest album is SOLACE; his most recent collection of poems is Even the Weapons (BuschekBooks, 2014). Dunn’s poems and articles have been widely published, and his music has been played on CBC, NPR, and campus radio.


Northern Ontarian Innovative and Indigenous Poetics cover image

This piece was published in ‘Northern Ontarian Innovative and Indigenous Poetics,’ the Winter 2017 issue of CV2.

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