Open 2021 Poems - Pat Connors


Moments in Time

By Pat Connors

I am in lockdown
separated from society
trapped by a worldwide crisis
with an unknown outcome.


Eating and cleaning slowly lead
to the grey peak of the afternoon
when I am made dull and sullen
by anxiety and despair.


I go out to the yard
to see if fresh air and movement
will provide a sense of release
from uncertainty and boredom.


As I walk my solitary circle
I pass this moment in time
with nothing else to do
other than get through it.


I go back inside and take a nap
balance my checkbook, read a poem
watch a rerun of M*A*S*H for the 400th time
and figure out how to pass the evening.


A late April rain washes out
the muddy tracks I left on the lawn
the one and only hour of sunlight
and the hope for a brighter tomorrow.


Pat Connors from Canada saw first chapbook, Scarborough Songs, published by Lyricalmyrical Press in 2013, and charted on the Toronto Poetry Map. Other publication credits include: Spadina Literary Review; Tamaracks; and Tending the Fire, released this spring by the League of Canadian Poets. His first full collection, The Other Life, is about to be released by Mosaic Press.


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