Rogue Poem: "Cagedly"


Cagedly I mime
for the tulips
glass walls

to cushion their bows
but they slope
at every angle
and I snip
diagonal —
heel by calf,
knee-cap to neck;

a bowl of spring-bulbs
out of ideas
on the Rideau.

Captured I thought
you’d stand tall 
beside me, not
excuse yourself
from negotiations
so boldly that nature
be blamed for its wilting. 

"Cagedly" was written for and published in the first issue of Nickel95, a zine out of London, ON, back in 2013. A one-off poem I'd nearly forgotten about. Spring's coming.


  1. This eloquantly put poem reminded me why I don't buy cut flowers!


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