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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


After a life loving words and scribbling poetry lines on pizza boxes and used envelopes, Wendy, finally, got down to writing "in earnest" and recently began submitting poems for publication. In the past year, her work has appeared in The Ontario Poetry Society's Verse Afire Newsletters, Scarlet Thistles Poetry Anthology and The Arborealis Anthology of Canadian Poetry. She has won several awards - including First Prize in the T.O.P.S. Sparkle and Shine Poetry Contest, 2014.

Wendy Bourke

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between where you are and where you want to be

amidst the grunting cars
and feet tip tapping
quickly, down the street

darkness comes
in lurking shadows
and morphing iridescence

. . . oh, to be safely tucked
in ticks and tocks
and creaky locks . . .

and then, like dread, it creeps –
seeping, faintly at first:
the grayness of melancholy

that hides between
where you are
and where you want to be