Author Archives: Jenni Blackmore

About Jenni Blackmore

Jenni Blackmore strives to inject a dreamlike quality into much of her writing. Children’s fiction, adult short fiction and poetry are her favourite genres because they allow her to indulge this obsession with what might lurk beneath the glaze of the everyday: an alternate, more magical reality. Her studies, both in England and Canada, focussed on the visual arts. Jenni's other passion is grounded in the nitty gritty of permaculture and micro-farming. Her farm, located east of Lawrencetown Beach in Nova Scotia, is called QuackaDoodle, even though the goats and rabbits complain they’re not getting fair billing.

The Cling of a Cold Night’s Dreaming

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Golden Spiral by Deb Plestid

Golden Spiral by Deb Plestid

With breakfast I read
The Essential Zen
carefully ordering the morning
marshaling good energies
admiring the brush painted circles
the kiwi fruit in yoghurt
the sunflower seeds in bread
the fuzzy bear slippers

but nothing is quite strong enough
to pull me back together
as the black cat
sits on the mule post staring
with yellow saucer eyes
satisfied, it seems, to see my aura
sagged and drooping
a voodoo mound of melted me
bound with threads of the boy’s night ramblings
pierced with his fear, his rage and the cough
that turned tight like a bark
precursor to jagged images that buzzed
in and out of my cold night’s dreaming

spiked and spinning
they shivered me worse than the cold