Floating Dragon

Floating Dragon

My heart is a dragon afloat An open mouth of violet Tender lips on a pool of glass Heaven in an azure mirror A tongue of gold spins The love of my soul Silken threads protect Project long quills as teeth Submitted to life’s current Pressed against satin scales I am a wild snap dragon…

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“Cruiser” (Pale Ale) Amsterdam Brewing Co. Limited

Cruiser Amsterdam Pale Ale

Cruisin’ … on a Sunday afternoon …. I can’t imagine anything better. Rating → 81 points Stats: (Golden) Pale Ale. 4.9% ABV. 40 IBUs. Toronto, Ontario. Size: 355mL Colour: Hazy, almost white gold Mouth Feel: Medium carbonation — very crisp clean finish. Purchased: LCBO Price: $13.65 (6 pack) Pairing Notes:  Cadbury Easter Eggs (yes, I said it) Mmm…

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The Blur of Spring

Spring Blur

Depending on where you live, you may well be suffering through the same seasonal blur as we are in Ottawa this year. Our winter this year has been unusually long and cold. Indeed there is still ice on our Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site — not because it has ice into the second…

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Sunturnbrew (Barley Wine) – Nøgne Ø Brewing Co.

Sunturnbrew Barley Wine

Smoked and then more smoked … there is nothing about this beer that is subtle. Rating → 83 points Stats:  Barley Wine. 11% ABV. 50 IBUs. Grimstad, Norway. Size: 500mL bottle Colour: Dark brown with auburn undertones Mouth Feel: Low carbonation — sweet and soft on the tongue. Purchased:  LCBO Price: $5.15 Pairings: On it’s own…

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Love in Ten Lines

Yesterday, I was challenged by by Dale Rogerson to write about “love in 10 lines” (the challenge and her own contribution are here). The challenge required that I use only 10 lines, that each line could only have four words, and each line had to itself contain the word love. My response to the challenge…

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Wall of Light and Colour …

Brettos Bar

Walls can be constructed of almost anything and in their construction they are a way and an end. Between two neighbours, they are a boundary. Set low, they create pathways. Built high, strewn with razor wire, they are borders between ideology. Built beneath, they project edifices into the sky and remind us of our power….

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Sicilian Orange and Watercress Salad

Sicilian Orange Salad with Watercress

As the aphorism goes, when life throws you lemons, make lemonade — but when Sicilians give you oranges, make a salad. For the past few months, since Ben’s passing, I’ve largely immersed myself in my writing. There has been the occasional burst of  photography, but mostly I’ve been immersed in my writing. That’s because with…

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Crystal Heart

Crystal Heart (poem)

In your love, my heart beats crystal Your lips spark embers in the night Your whisper the bellows of the forge Breathing life into my molten glass And make glow my soul with fire and light. Pull me, turn me, inflate my heart Present me within a sunbeam bright Cast my prisms on the world…

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