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VIEW FROM THE TOP poem

Story ID:4847
Written by:Richard Laurent. Provencher (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:Retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Truro Nova Scotia Canada
Year:2009
Person:Richard L. Provencher
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View from the Top

Petrol-bins overlap harbourís western edge
rising in bulbous canisters, white for purity
progress symptoms in a rush-along society
as manís machines grind across the Angus Macdonald.

From this observerís crows nest all is calm
on McNabb Island, its only outpost
a lighthouse beam smiling at me, this
neck of land guarding harbourís open mouth.

Astride the scene below swooping in proud
delight, seagulls check out trails
they know so well, patient in their quest
for space aside the parking lot below.

Box cars patient with spacious holds, shunted
for now off the beaten path, nearby flags blowing
proudly in the windÖ
this striking view from our holiday floor.

© Richard L. Provencher 1992

first Published 1992 Writerís Lifeline No. 2
Cornwall, Ontario
(Publisher Vince Gill)