Thursday, April 21, 2011



I had a mother and a father
who gave me
and perfect eyesight
(so I could see the imperfections in nature).
And wisdom
like an asp in the bottom of a well.

I got to know the nature of men.

when you came to court me
with your bouquet of words,
which were jumbled,
I turned
And rejected you.


Charles Gramlich said...

When you're given too much you get a little greedy for more. said...

...A very segatious comment, Dr. Charles.

...But I guess it goes with the territory. :) said...

Hi folks,

Just a quick note with a bunch of links to a series of short pieces I did on Earth Day for The Coast:

Do We Have Another 40 Earth Days?
2051 Utopia/Dystopia:
Did the first 40 Earth Days make a difference?
Measuring Change as we Export Our Pollution:
Halifax and Earth Day:
Eight Things You Can Do:
Halifax Activists on Earth Day:

Happy reading and happy long weekend!

Chris Benjamin is a freelance journalist and fiction writer. His critically acclaimed first novel, Drive-by Saviours, was listed as a Canada Reads Top 40 essential read of the decade. His first book of nonfiction will be published by Nimbus in Fall 2011. He is the Sustainable City Columnist for The Coast ( In 2006/2007 he worked as a journalist in Ghana. He was a finalist for the 2010 Fusion Go Sustainability Award and shared an honourable mention in the 2009 National Magazine Awards. Chris has written opinion, fiction and features for The Globe and Mail, Chronicle Herald, VoicePrint Canada, This Magazine, Now Magazine, Descant, Third Person Press, Nashwaak Review, Pottersfield Press, Rattling Books, The Society, University of Waterloo Press, Z Magazine, Briarpatch Magazine, Coastlands, Progress Magazine, Rural Delivery and many others. said...


That comment should have come in from Chris Benjamin, and not me.

Mona said...

The imperfections far outweigh the perfections , so they are more easily sighted.,.

That does so much like an ideal lady editor!

Mona said...

PS. Happy Easter Ivan! said...

Thanks for the comment and the greeting, Mona.
Happy Easter right back atcha.

the walking man said...

What the advance wasn't large enough or you just didn't like the contract.

Though as poetry I liked this very much.

ivan said...



Ah, there were the halcyon days when young, able writers would get spoiled.

Even if you botched the story there would still be a $750 "kill" fee...In today's money, that would be like ten thousand dollars.

Today, you'd be lucky to get a double sawbuck.

And thanks about the poem.

...Coming from you, that's a real commpliment.

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