When my heart stops – it will be
with the midnight sound
of a freight train crawling west.
Goderich. Then north. Sudbury.
Then west – beyond redtail hawk’s
eyesight into the event horizon
of birch oceans swaying
like wheat sways in Saskatchewan
when storms bump and grind
their way to Ontario. When my
heart stops – time will drop –
icicles in indeterminate March.
The world will be perceived as
a negotiation of revival
When my heart stops – midnight
will consume the minutes
and hope will fill the empty
spaces between all the words
which once set sail for Byzantium
heavy with the raw oar freight trains
dropped at rail’s terminus –
my life in Canada.