Fathom 2004



Inside Cover



Sean Smith
Wyley Hennick (2)
Michael Bennett
Chantelle Rip
Julie Perkins (2)
Mark MACDonnell
John Parker
Brooke Gray (2)
Misty De Meo
William Conklin
Oliver Charboonean (2)
Jennifer Clarke


Alex Hollenberg
Chantelle Rip
Mark MACDonnell


John Parker



A Poet’s Courtship

In my mind’s eye, we meet in a Montreal cafe,
The air criss-crossed with lyrical Jazz strokes
And cheap cigarette smoke.
Our eyes meet and I think of “She Walks in Beauty”,
Which suddenly seems so painfully inadequate.
On the pad of paper, on the table
Before me, which has yearned for
An hour for inspiration, I write.
Hold fast love, for but a moment,
These words on my lips need to be said.
Forgive me if I seem rough or with out grace,
I have become out of practice in the dance of paper and pen.
I could write of your beauty,
Or the resplendent glimmer in your eye.
And yet I fear I will fall short of the goal;
I can not assure you the ambrosie like verse
Of Shakespeare or Spenser.
Therefore, if in the end, Love
These lines do indeed fail in their task,
I shall tear them up into their various parts:
Turn Stanzas into garlands for your hair,
And place couplets down as a path before you.


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