Downpour

Garden Bay, Pender Harbour

12 June 2012 Tuesday Pender Harbour

Rain drums steadily on the deck and hatches and streams of water roll off of the canvas. A day of cedar-tinged twilight until evening, which brings descending fog and more rain.

Elisabeth waits for the rain to stop

They call Pender Harbour the “Venice of BC,” but what we see is weird green light and sorrowful shopkeepers, because bad weather, the high cost of fuel and the high Canadian dollar have brought them little business and steady debts of their own.  We buy $4 liters of milk and walk a damp perimeter path around a small park with a woman and her two labs.  The local bear, she says, was recently shot; someone who didn’t know anything about it got scared and complained it was into the garbage.  We can’t keep going like this, she says, killing what frightens us.

 

Upside down world

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About Karin Cope

Karin Cope divides her time between Nova Scotia and British Columbia. She is a poet, sailor, photographer, videographer, writer, activist, blogger and Associate Professor at NSCAD University. Her publications include Passionate Collaborations: Learning to Live with Gertrude Stein, a poetry collection entitled What we're doing to stay afloat, and, since 2009, a photo/poetry blog entitled Visible Poetry: Aesthetic Acts in Progress.
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