Tableau: Mark Sampson

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February 11, 2013 by northerncardinalreview

Chandelier patterns of ice on the panes
You turn your ear to hear their drafts
Snow drifts hide their cursive lines,

endless dunes of snow in the field
They’re holding their breath in their lungs,
a hardened heart that won’t soften till spring

Then it cracks like a season, like an estuary
freeing its floes, a reason for vanity and a
promise of something new, something unseen

You can see it
through the pane, through the eye slits left
by the heat in your fingers


Mark Sampson has published one novel, called Off Book (Norwood Publishing, Halifax NS, 2007) and has a second, called Sad Peninsula, forthcoming from Dundurn Press, Toronto, in 2014. He has also published a number of short stories and poems in literary journals across Canada. He currently lives and writes in Toronto.

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