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Mildred Tremblay's new book of poems The Thing About Dying will be published this year by Oolichan Books. She has won many awards for her writing; most recently she placed first in the Vancouver International Writers Festival poetry contest.

Monday's Poem

Mildred Tremblay


little monks and nuns
on my winter porch

black cowls
pulled over your heads

still on the wheel of samsara
what long-ago naughtiness

rebirthed you
as birds

little monk did you way
lay a little nun, reach under her cape

touch a little nipple
little nun did you kiss him

under the arbors
did you stroke his tail feather

was it lovely
was it worth a lifetime

pecking seeds
in the cold