Joseph of Arimathea
is riding the Carleton Street car
grail tucked in a gym bag
underneath the seat.
He’s gone so far as to carry it
in plain sight.
A woman once asked him
if he was taking a pottery class.
He tried to give it to her
but she didn’t want it.
Joseph of Arimathea
“Little Billy died last Sunday,” I tell my father, who’s visiting for a while during my husband’s absence.
I never expected there would be music at this funeral.
Numbers safety-pinned to matching blue tank tops, our last name, Fraser, emblazoned beneath them, my sister and I double-check that our shoes are laced tight. Attached to these laces are black chips. These chips will be used to establish our official marathon time, which determines whether or not a runner qualifies for Boston.
It was a day at the dead end of February that showed all variations of the colour grey: ashen branches stripped of leaves, cement-coloured clouds, steely frost, the opaque pane of ice under my feet, a window into the river translucent enough to suggest its gunmetal current.
Spools of odd and even numbers knot
tightly around my fingers.
Fractions like hieroglyphs
people the tethered pages
of my grade school days.
At the hub of our long-winded kitchen,
turquoise table on a checkerboard
floor. Mother slices red apples on a pine wood
board: “How many quarters,”
she quizzes, “make up one apple?”
I stare blankly till the apple browns,
its juice runs dry.
“Four,” baby sister chimes,
moon on her left,
sun on her right.
“Each slice is one-quarter.”
Many cultures have tales of heroes who challenge death and rescue loved ones (or themselves) from an underworld. In an upcoming Room, our readers will find heroines, both fantastical and everyday, who face loss.
Editor Rachel Thompson seeks quality writing and art filled with dreams and longings—elegies, requiems, magical realism, and new folk legends that take our readers through and beyond grief cycles, rescuing loved ones lost, ourselves.
Deadline: August 15, 2012
Congratulations to the winners of Room's 2011 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest!
Rebecca Rosenblum's short story "How to Keep Your Day Job," (issue 32.4) was published in the National Post Fall Fiction (http://tinyurl.com/3q6qske). It also features in her new book, The Big Dream, which launches Sept 22nd. We're so happy we could be part of the journey.
this metropolis is hurly-burly—
you’re striving with deadlines
in long lists—consume that, buy this
chase what’s brash and new—
your strained schedule bursting
with some added task
always left to do
while nearby, along cool paths
sun sips mountain lakes
wind sings solo to surrounding spruce
peaks draped in snowy shawls sit placidly
puzzled why you rush—
with ample calm awaiting here
to ease jangled voices
back to natural hush
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