Writing becomes origami zebras,
will not stop rain or falling leaves,
the red crush of descending sky.
Chicken Little lives, Chicken Little lives.
Wide-screen, HD oracles pontificate
zig-zag Wall Street Zeitgeist
in lieu of October baseball.
Immigrants stand outside Tim Horton’s,
smoke and discuss the thread
and needlework of impoverished pasts.
They nod their heads, they smoke and drink double-doubles.
Skateboarders rule the curbs,
an old man stumbles before catching himself
in the middle of twenty backwards steps.
We have money for the theatre; we have
money for the arts.
On stage, we give the man in his wheelchair
a standing ovation. His words and music
have moved us beyond ourselves.
Ten beggars congregate at city hall. A gong sounds.
Our prayers are urgent pleas to the origami gods –
an aging queen, six dead prime ministers.
Anything for a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread.