I have wanted to write a guide book series in verse for YEARS. Five people in Positions of Authority said NO. They don’t matter any more.
When we asked Other People to tell us about their visits
to Nova Scotia where we should go they were cheerfully vague
(we loved it 40 years ago, or this:
don’t miss the sea as though we could)
many times I’ve proposed a Don’t Miss This
series of books in verse. Maybe starting with New York.
Halifax full of Don’t Miss This’s.
Fresh Oysters everywhere all day long.
Used bookstore cafe called TRIDENT
Russians in a new Russian
neighborhood Immigrant Museum with immigrant guides.
We all try to understand.
Young Filipino girl her mother was a mail order bride
married a handsome Canadian he worked in a fishery
mother worked 70 hours a week to send money home
for her poor town in Halifax now where the girl
tries hard to understand
what is Canada what is the Philippines
who she is.