Burn blisters from the woodstove,
the whole of my dog’s snout, a
frost-shattered axe blade and the
fine thread between what I want
and the ditch of sky.

The fine line
between my silence and splinters
in my palm. A mouthful of thistle.

The burden of indifference, difference;
an indefiniteness of standing. A bird’s
eye view of the shoreline and a pocket
book of birds. A gift.

The blood of my
ancestors. The burden: the fork in my
blood. The fine line between being who
I am and getting what I want.


painting showing a single bird in a tree by the shore

The View from Here by Sabine Kearns


About Hollay Ghadery

Hollay Ghadery is a writer living in small-town Ontario. She has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have been published in various literary journals, including The Malahat Review, Room, CAROUSEL, Grain, and The Fiddlehead. Her memoir, Fuse, was published with Guernica Editions’ MiroLand in Spring 2021.

About Sabine Kearns

Sabine Kearns was born in South Africa and moved to Canada in 1997 with her husband and two young boys. After living in British Columbia for twenty-one years, she now calls beautiful Nova Scotia home. Sabine lives in the small, rural seaside community of Hunts Point on the South Shore, where she works from her home studio. Since Sabine was a young child, she has enjoyed drawing and making art. Apart from a few art workshops, she is a self-taught artist, and enjoys painting in acrylics using bold, vibrant colours and clean lines. Sabine loves nature and one of her favourite pastimes is to find inspiration in beautiful hidden coves and white sand beaches, wildflower fields and old barns, or craggy cliffs and sheltered harbours. Sabine’s art is happy art, that reflects her peaceful country life. “It’s a privilege to create something that brings joy to others, and I hope that through my art I can make someone smile, and maybe help make the world a little brighter.” Sabine’s work can be seen at Argyle Fine Art Gallery in Halifax and at the Lunenburg Art Gallery in Lunenburg, as well as on Instagram and on Facebook @Sabine Kearns Artwork. Her studio in Hunts Point is open to visitors by appointment.

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