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Cleared of Debris.

 A rock wall washed of moss or distractions,
Skipper is eighty-seven years of clarity;
Cracks long since filled with pebbles and silt and belief.
No more a question of what is or was, only now:
A grandchild asleep quietly in his lap, each exhale a marvel to the old
Whose life has, somehow, become less wheelbarrow
And all view--an open road, cleared of debris.

LARA BOZABALIAN is the author of two poetry collections, The Cartographer's Skin (Piquant Press) and Tourist (Tightrope Books). She has appeared at literary festivals across Canada and in Ireland and Singapore. Her work has been published in literary journals such as the New Quarterly, the Dalhousie Review, Prairie Fire, and Nashwaak Review, and was longlisted in both the Montreal International Poetry Prize Anthology (2012) and Best Canadian Poetry (2015). In 2017, she was appointed coordinator of the online teaching program for Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope Books).

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Title Annotation:Poetry
Author:Bozabalian, Lara
Publication:Queen's Quarterly
Article Type:Poem
Date:Mar 22, 2019
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