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.
Photo by Sydney Fort
This Might Be the Warmest Parking Lot in Canada
a mother in mittens rubs her face in a frenzy
as the habit spreads to her children in the backseat.
the car coughs, tries to get over the cold. January
with its foul mouth drives people crazy, but I tend
to look past it. two smokers, the last of their kind,
huddle together inside an empty shopping-cart
station. one becomes a cloud while the other mutters,
why doesn’t Justin build a wall to keep out winter?
a mess of police cruisers stutter outside the coffee
shop. a lost squirrel freezes trying to find its tree.