The House on rue Chomedey by Ilona Martonfi

 

The hunger for rice pudding.

The hunger for a cup of coffee.

The hunger for a name.

The hunger for a door.

House on rue Chomedey.

 

Women’s day shelter Chez Doris.

 

If you walk down the street

where a condo building rises:

glaring window glass,

yellow construction crane.

Pigeons,

seagulls

squat on stone sidewalk.

Six ash trees grow

in an alley. Summer and winter:

if you walk down the street

black crows caw the

specter of Aids.

Ilona Martonfi Author of two poetry books, Blue Poppy, (Coracle Press, 2009.) Black Grass, (Broken Rules Press 2012). Published in Vallum, Accenti, The Fiddlehead, Serai. Poet, editor, teacher. Founder/producer of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings, co-founder of Lovers and Others. QWF 2010 Community Award.

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