A Newfoundland Chimera

In St. John’s, a seal flip-flaps
up Barnes Road, the wind
at its back, its black coat
shimmering like spilled oil
minus the opalescence

How did this creature come
so far ashore to navigate
the steep incline of Prescott Hill
and the dodgy convergence
of thoroughfares at Rawlins Cross?

Or is it that I, having stepped out
the front door at #42, the wind
at my back, the sun in my eyes,
am hoodwinked by an airborne
black glistening plastic garbage bag?

Ruth Roach Pierson has published four poetry collections, the second Aide-Mémoire (BushekBooks, 2007), a GG finalist in 2008, the most recent REALIGNMENT (Palimpsest Press, 2015).  Her poem “Equipoise” was chosen for inclusion in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013.  She is editor of the anthology I Found It At the Movies (Guernica Editions May 2014).

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