Two Poems|Bruce McRae

      Letter From You


A letter from you

is like a slap on the backside.

A letter from you

is as rare as chickens singing.

Surely the postman

has accomplished a great task,

affection’s courier,

messenger of longings,

agent of deliverance.


A letter from you

is scented and stamped.

It’s travelled far.

The odds were against it:

storms and wars;

time and motion;

all those borders criss-crossed.


A letter from you

arrived unexpectedly.

I was washing windows

when the doorbell rang.

I was in the kitchen

counting coppers and dimes.

Hanging sheets from the rafters.

Looking for a missing woodscrew.


But it’s made the day,

a letter from you

like a physical emotion,

with vast cities gleaming

between sentences,

with rivers and mountains

and inky glories in time.

Reading your letter

is like standing on the shore

of a warm green ocean.

It’s another planet

and a moon is rising,

an alien moon, the ocean

as familiar as it is strange.

Our love unfathomed.



          In And Of



A painting of the world

as it is in the moment.

Including turtles and tax returns.

Including carnations and palo verde.

With candlewax and dog-bark and cod roe,

the myopic painter mixing metaphors.

He stirs colours.


In this painting are a pig’s knuckles

and thigh bone of a Chaldean general.

There’s a coin dropped down a grate,

neither head nor tails.

A child is bawling for its mother.

There’s a car crash on the autobahn,

for which death is certain.

A deft hand has shaped a horse’s mane

and braid of wheat-coloured grasses.

It’s captured light’s moody temperament,

sunsets of pinks and purpled strands.

A contented cow. A miserable coxswain.


Millions of years in the making, this painting

contains pocket lint and buttons of ivory.

And there are you and I, we’re walking by the mill,

the artist having it rain. Impeccably portrayed,

we seem oblivious to time and loving.

Stood defiant to death’s erasure.


Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash


Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician currently residing on Salt Spring Island BC, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with over 1,600 poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review. His books are ‘The So-Called Sonnets’ (Silenced Press); ‘An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy’; (Cawing Crow Press); ‘Like As If’ (Pski’s Porch); ‘Hearsay’ (The Poet’s Haven).

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