Acadian Lines

Acadian Lines

 
I left a light in the upstairs window. A beacon
for the driver in case the hot blue heat
blowing through rusty vents, silencing the crunch of
wheels on snow covered roads, lulled you to sleep.

I’ve pulled the rocker to the side kitchen window.
My teacup now as dry as the bone it’s made of, the cigarette a long row of ash.
My fingers struggle to add thrums
to the mitten, as stitches grab the needle tighter the closer they get to the edge.

The plow has gone down twice. Have you run into
trouble? Are you stuck up the Shore? Hitchhiking now?

Like birthday candles moving slowly down
a darkened hall, hand held high to shield the flames,
the headlights shine round the turn. The bus halts
in the center of the road. Yellow line, gone.

My breath, long needing to be exhaled, steams
the glass, but still I watch as you struggle to lift your
blue flower-printed cardboard suitcase. Orange hat pulled tight over unwoven braids.
Stiff polio-leg weighing you down.

But you have arrived.
Home.

watercolour painting showing a rural fenceline in the snow

This Item Cannot Be Shipped to a PO Box by Carolyn Gerk

About Andrea Hubley

Andrea Hubley grew up on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia and now lives in Dartmouth with her husband and daughters. She is a member of Les Belles Lettres poetry group and Tuff's Cove Writer's Collective.

About Carolyn Gerk

Carolyn Gerk is an artist and mother living and working on Treaty 8 land, near Berwyn, Alberta. Carolyn paints, carves, makes prints, and embroiders, and pours her soul into her work. Carolyn writes: "It is my job and my medicine. I’ve been creating art since I was a child, scribbling away to decipher the world around me. Growing up in a Northern rural community with an artistic soul, I often felt isolated in more ways than by geography. Now, in the internet age, I am grateful to be working as a full-time artist in this Northern region. I homeschool my two children out of my home/studio and enjoy involving my little humans in the art process. I am forever fascinated by nature, film, and literature, and I incorporate these concepts into my daily art practice. My family and I can usually be found in the woods, inspecting mushrooms and moss, snowshoeing, or feeding the birds."

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