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Glen Sorestad was the first provincially-appointed Poet Laureate in Canada and served as Saskatchewan's first Poet Laureate from 2000-2004. He is a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets and his latest collection of poems is Blood & Bone, Ice & Stone (Thistledown, 2005).

Monday's Poem

© Glen Sorestad

Crisp October Morning

I step out into a world of frost—
not a thin hint, but layered
as a long neglected freezer,
exaggerating each grass blade.

A delicious shiver of sky,
a raucous clamour of snow geese
writing their own delicate poem,
wavering white lines on blue.

My breath jets words I
can not call back, or even
recognize, as I butt my way
against the morning cold.

Mallards in the park have
paddled the sub-zero night
and kept open a patch of pond,
the rest skinned with ice.