Walker is a writer, journalist, and media producer, with twenty
years experience in radio and print journalism, public broadcasting
and public affairs. She specialized for three years in medical journalism,
as staff writer for a national Canadian medical newspaper in Atlantic
Canada. Her book Halifax—Canada's Smart City was
published in 1999, and she has many articles published in Canadian
magazines and periodicals.
Called Your Name
a hospital room, light as breath
I left my body behind
My heart dropped its wreckage
But the living remembered me sad.
Diving for pearls in the ache of our history
I wanted to shout to them
Fine words from the dead.
found your yellowed telegram
In a drawer beside my bed—
you couldn't wait to see me—
And that picture of us, young, in Cuba
Sparkling in new bathing suits.
they stood up at my funeral
And called me beautiful.
Thank God it was my young face
With your new wife, in Texas
Hurling desperate roses in my wake.
Eighteen blood valentines
Paled by regret
A hand-written note.
called your name
As I passed out the door
I ran out of air
I forgot you weren't there.