By kerry rawlinson


protect us on this journey.
Terminal velocity’s an
epidemic, ending
The kids and grandpa
                                  and me, we hide in the basement of my
                                  heart, creating a new reality with mac'n
                                  cheese, Raffi songs, chips and dip, a
                                  make-shift pirate ship or a fort or a sky-
                                  piercing turret of chairs and sheets; and a
                                  family version of Whist which no expert
                                  would condone. Grandpa giggles when
                                  he cheats. The kids jump and clamber and
fall fast-
                                  asleep on his chest,
way past
                                  bedtime, out of
                                  Dear St. Christopher, we always keep the porch-light on.
                                  should be alone. Make sure, dear Saint, that everyone
comes home.

[Author’s notes:

1.              If read down the left column only, the poem tells this story: A family in Vaughn, Ontario, is grieving after three children and their grandfather were killed by a suspected drunk-driving crash. September 14, 2015,  CTV News.

2.              In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Of the 1,149 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2013, 200 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver. Dept. of Transportation (US), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic Safety Facts 2013.]


Decades ago, kerry rawlinson gravitated from sunny Zambian skies to solid Canadian soil as an Architectural Technologist. Lately able to return to her muses, she won Postcards, Poems & Prose's “drawkcaB” Contest; and was a finalist in Ascent Aspirations; Mississippi Valley, and Malahat Review Open Season Contests. Poems (some w. art) accepted by, amongst others: Midwest Quarterly; ditchpoetry; Lantern Journal; 3Elements Review; Unshod Quills; War, Literature & the Arts; Main Street Rag; Codex. Photo-artwork in: Qwerty; Wax Poetry & Art; Centrifugal Eye; Adirondack Review & AColorProject; Five on the Fifth.

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