Another night scratching my head
as I reach for a pencil.
Another night spent torturing words
in the mind’s muddied trenches,
proving that yes you can press money
from guile and oil from stone –
If you’d just continue squeezing please . . .
I’m reminded of other nights,
other battered moons and throw-away stars,
other dusky planets,
the alien writer there also looking
for the right words in the proper order;
holding the equivalent of a pencil
in what passes for a hand.
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Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician currently residing on Salt Spring Island BC, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with over 1,500 poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review. His books are ‘The So-Called Sonnets (Silenced Press); ‘An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy; (Cawing Crow Press) and ‘Like As If” (Pski’s Porch), Hearsay (The Poet’s Haven).