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Short poem

Rosemary Sullivan (1947-)

Double Take

              1It happened
              2walking along Bloor Street.

              3The rain
              4had scattered its reflections
              5on the pavement; the houses
              6leaned to see.

              7Perhaps the way they leaned,
              8tired but expectant,
              9or the musky smell
            10of their nostalgic look --

            11Suddenly the double take.

            12I walked ten years back.
            13Not in my mind
            14but there. The pavement shook
            15another street loose.

            16I walked in France:
            17The sandy grit, the smell of vinery,
            18the eye-glaze of late rain
            19tangible as steam.

            20I walked two streets --
            21coeval, mutually invented.
            22Their locus, or their focus
            23I look twice.


2] major east-west shopping thoroughfare in downtown Toronto.

21] coeval: from the same time period.

Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
This poem cannot be published anywhere without the written consent of Rosemary Sullivan or Black Moss Press permissions department.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Blue Panic (Windsor, Ontario: Black Moss Press, 1991): 21. PS 8587 .U52 B58 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/7/15

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