How To Stay Alive

For myself

and perhaps

for some others

it is all about

watching, no, admiring

the crystalline examples

of intelligence found

at times in the shade

on a far-too-hot afternoon,

those winged ones I share

this staying-alive thing with

flutter about

seeking the perfect branch,

no, stone, or blade of grass,

to land on, knowing then

one spot, no, choice,

is to be the coolest.

Chad Norman lives beside the high-tides of the Bay of Fundy, in what is known as the hub of Nova Scotia. He has given talks and readings in Denmark, Sweden, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, America, and across Canada.

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