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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This Might Be the Warmest Parking Lot in Canada
Aidan Chafe

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.

© 2019 by Cascadia Rising Review

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