Sandbag by Julie Schroeder

You send photographs of flowers
not people
(though the dinner will have been eaten, the hike hiked)
and italicize all the excitement

This prairie crocus
                               grows in dry conditions!
                               Is frost resistant!

Susan and Ila    thought they were wonderful!,
But they’re also
So impressed with your eastern Trillium!!

Then you tack down goodbye with xs,
(like eyes after some cartoon knock out).

And I wonder if our rapport was a river—
(Instead of an album of pictures):
Would it burble grammatic euphoria
And flow miles from dryness?

Or would the riverbank erode around us?

And after a season or two of flood:
(our exclamatory tack and pin love)

Do you think a garden might grow there?!


I have a BA (honours English) from the University of Calgary, and an MA in English from the University of Toronto. I’ve had poetry and essays published in many literary magazines and newspapers. I maintain a semi-parodic blog translating Marcus Aurelieus’s Meditations into “housewife”. A member of the Writer’s Guild of Canada since 2002, I’ve also written for film and TV. I live with my husband and sons in Hudson, Quebec.


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