Waiting (Strip Mall, December)


By Catriona Sandilands

a beige table with a light dusting of someone else’s crumbs
a thick white mug with a residue of espresso and steamed milk
next to a tidy pile of cards
at last addressed and stamped

a plate-glass window with a view to nowhere except
another plate-glass window across the plaza and

an artificial tree with blue lights
white plastic snowflakes
and red balls sparkling with
a bank logo

on top of an over-pruned yew in
a mildewing concrete planter

three house sparrows fluff out their feathers

and for a second look
like kings waiting for
something holy to happen

Catriona Sandilands is a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.


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