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Monday's Poem

Powell River resident Allan Brown grew up in Victoria and still retains some colourful memories of the city. His nineteenth volume of poetry, the chapbook Biblical Sonatas, was issued by Serengeti Press in February. His chapbook
Imagines (Leaf Press, 2002) was co-winnner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award.

A somewhat different version of this piece appeared in Nebula magazine #11.


© 2008 Allan Brown

Colours of Remembering

I remember the body
of the colour red:
a dusty, whispering red
(that I can’t quite hear)
but still know that it is, was
the loose suede cover of
a “King of the Golden River”
that I owned,
oh maybe it was
40 years ago?


And still
it my turning again
to the fervid purple instant
of that pitiless fountain
facing the harbour -- night
would darken & fountain glisten,
aye yah! glitter
and swerve; & a trembling boy
to observe in singly
one sunder of time; and
done, and done.