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Aidan Chafe
Burnaby, BC

Aidan Chafe is the author of the poetry collection Short Histories of Light (MQUP) which was longlisted for the 2019 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. His poems have been published in a variety of literary journals in Canada and the U.S.

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Disciple
Aidan Chafe

as a child I fostered abandoned kites, watched
windows open their eyes, the wind sneeze
maple leaves into flight. inside my house
I cleansed my body under a waterfall, washed
my hands in a river. I held a receiver to my ear
like a conch to hear the waves of your voice.
my heart was late night percussion. my mind
was the New York transit system. I kept tracking
the moment down like a bad detective,
any bird for a dog. even the ocean lost me
to its gurgled gossip. on Sundays, when
my family did its best impression of paying
attention, I turned the TV on in my head,
viewed reruns of Saturday morning cartoons.
before I said my bedtime prayers I covered
the Bible in stickers, silenced God with radio.