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


clark cook taught English literature at two BC Universities and retired as Head of the Communication Dept. at the BC Institute of Technology. His poetry appears in journals and anthologies in Canada, the USA, UK, Germany, and India. Currently working on a book of poetry and two novels. Earlier poetry and some articles from 2007 - 2011: Mythic themes in modern consciousness; innovations in poetic form.

clark cook

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A Cautious Optimism

this experiment might have been
a triumph
a warm inner glow for all–
safe in the darkest caves,
tempted by slivers only
of faint light and warmth
gifted from reluctant gods
jealous in their mountain mists

but no

experimenters feed on discontent, hunger, and lust
their reach indeed exceeds their grasp
for wilted roses and faded suns,
survives as nervous memories
struggle in the comfort
of darkness