Clarinet Music

cleaning my computer keyboard
               a1         “““`      1q              `qa`QA  `q          `q          `1qsq
accidently turned on clarinet music so sad 
I sentimentally look at 
a map of butterflies 
flying north
soon they’ll be here
oh also 
               Date: 04/15/2022
              Minden, ON
               Latitude: 44.9 Longitude: -78.7

               During a walk along a large pond we heared the first frogs.
& please know I’m not making fun
of that “heared,” it’s lovely
the perfect thing to say
beside a large pond in spring
language existing for us &
not the other way round
& and I know this sounds
cloyingly plainly expressed but oh
that clarinet music and
friends are sick


Gary Barwin’s book a Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy won the Canadian Jewish Literary Award and Bird Arsonist (with Tom Prime). His national bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates won the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Canadian Jewish Literary Award.