"if I was a gate" (by Leslie Greentree)
Leslie Greentree, go-go dancing for Elvis (Calgary: Frontenac House, 2003). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2004 Canadian Shortlist).
1I thought I loved the cordless screwdriver
2but this is something else altogether
3I hold my shiny new electric drill
4listen to its high-pitched whine
5it is fairly leaping in my hand
6tingling through my arm my shoulder
7waking all my bones
8I am a surgeon
9drilling tidy holes
10precise and perfect
11I blow off the dust
12step back to admire my handiworkThe rest of the poem cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
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