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.
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.