Ariel Gordon

Ariel Gordon

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Her second collection of urban/nature poems, Stowaways, was launched in spring 2014. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.


STOWAWAYS

On the way home, we squashed stowaway
mosquitoes against the windows & picked
burrs from our socks, dropping them onto the mats
& if there were any horseflies beating
against the windshield
where it narrowed
to the thinnest
slice of sky,
we ignored them.

I was glaring at the roof of the car
when I saw the wood tick
on your neck & when you lowered
the window & tossed it out, its legs skittered
against the dry ridges of skin
on your thumb. As we watched, the sky grew:
we could see all the things that floated
in it & the effort
it took
to remain aloft,
dragonflying & dying across the glass.

  • Ariel Gordon from Stowaways, Palimpsest Press 2014