January 5th, 2013

Canada vs. Russia (WJC 2013 Bronze Medal Game)


Missed it? Musings capture the game in writing. A written transcript typed during the game, posted and edited about thirty minutes afterward.  Based on the RDS French telecast of the Montreal Canadiens game, Musings take about 23 minutes to read. More detailed than an article, fresher than a looping highlight and good with Doritos.  Or late-night toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches.  A unique way to re-experience the game.  And this morning; it’s the World Juniors.  The bronze medal game.

November 12th, 2012

My Poppy’s Better

My poppy used to fight over in Germany.
He killed Nazis.

My poppy came from the woods and wind over the sea.

Your poppy sounds ungrateful and stupid.

Your poppy thinks wars make one great.

My poppy knows more than your poppy because he fought in the war.

My poppy supports all who suffer in war, not just the soldiers.

My poppy is the right poppy, the only poppy.  The wrong colour poppy is way worse than not having a poppy.

My poppy was born in 1933.

My poppy’s older than yours.

Your poppy glorifies war.

My poppy says having new ideas for old traditions is really offensive.

Margaret Thatcher disdains my poppy.

Jesus wouldn’t want your poppy.

My poppy says this isn’t a Christian country.

My poppy is always right.

Your poppy grew in Flander’s Fields.

My poppy is the greatest poppy in Canada.

My poppy I leave to you with failing arms.

(Source: montrealmystique.ca)

October 29th, 2011

My Country

you can wear it on a lapel
   it's always red always white
 it can flutter
               or breeze high
        a song
        a clap
               avalanche thunder
       silence  poked  flower snow in the sun
    but  never rectangle
                         always  one

(Source: montrealmystique.ca)

August 21st, 2011

21 Periods

7game blame
   seventh shame
      the canada 
         ottawa  blame
             bruin fame
              bolt or tame
            the game lays lame

(Source: montrealmystique.ca)

October 11th, 2010

CBC Saturdays

we grew up listening to Honeymoon Suite
     Loverboy, before that.
                Cheap Trick, we were told
                   was the next big thing,
                         Beatle big

 floods weren't cool
nike made the ugliest shoes
  and converse was something american
                so spalding          rubber orange delight
                so spiderman         crinkled
               we wished we were guys we'd never seen
and we craved slim jims, clark bars, the things
        a cold, cold  northern canada town never stocks

feathered hair
 salmon steel lockers
  the black confetti hallway floors

the smooth grey

          we thought they'd never stop winning


I don't know how
        to end

I don't know how
        to begin

(Source: montrealmystique.ca)

October 9th, 2010

Morning Freeze

in cold Canada
the oval
is dark
on high
at dawn
the hosewater licks ice
 a splash
  the grey
and an

(Source: montrealmystique.ca)

February 26th, 2010

My Canada Ain’t

my quebec is lafleur
flags ripple, fury's wake
engine aflower, blond demon

my ontario is Orr
from shorr to bear shore

my toronto is sittler
your right man wronged

montreal is mike bossy
silver missile, shadow glisten

my canada is wayne
made marvel mirth marble
earth's coolest game

my canada is hull
grace, brick and mortar
no apologies, no quarter

mon canada est mario
big river, lithe style
le magnifique, le naturel

my canada ain't on the ice
nor its fans in the stands

(Source: montrealmystique.ca)

February 16th, 2010

Vancouver Fedora

golden american
canuck sliver

it's a silver slice

and eric

like doug and bobby
but internationale

i licked i mean liked
olympic frozen polar

timore Unitas

but Russ and Spaghetti
legs and Ronnie

mean CanAm silver
flows gold

and hockey

and cocky

is east of east

a diamond sky Czech-off
is a Russian bullet

oppressed and shamed
capital and claim

the coins are vancouver
the iceberg is canada
the words were Bidini's
the country is ours

yeah, i believe it


fix it

(Source: montrealmystique.ca)

January 12th, 2010

Damocles Veins

am I Canadian?
   does your Canada
            stand for me?

sings and arrow
                     fire for
                   the indigenous
  your immigration
       is sallow musket fire
       borrowed doom
 a temporal dynasty

(Source: montrealmystique.ca)

September 11th, 2009

Missing Wing

oh like her visa
o like the ode
oh where in stars in green stripes
              have you been?

o like you nothing
oh so you didn’t know
o canada, home for the free

o so you didn’t know
oh but you never heard
owe like your pain is (the) only
oh for show

nothing is something
ignorance is your bliss
nothing is the shot you miss

Wunderkind Scrimmage
Sep 12, 2009

the lazy, powerful lob of pigskin
  sparring champions laugh, at play
baroque timbre, the easy twosome
        of experience
           a metronome romance
           titanic fugue for rote
               a pause for the 


(Source: montrealmystique.ca)

August 1st, 2009

Cups Quint Lequel?

in the offseason, the glint of the greyhound
is a vampire’s silver eye in the moonlight blood never moans pucks never cheer football tickets can’t cascade a millionaire Frenchman’s dream liquid over the edge of a chilled Silver Chalice [The Grey Cup remains Canada's greatest annual single-game event.]

(Source: montrealmystique.ca)