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Poetry by J. J. Steinfeld

Disrupting Chronology and Definitions

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Disrupting Chronology and Definitions

Blocking my way on the hiking trail
there was a nasty, twice human-sized beast,
its huge claws and sharp teeth gleaming,
growling forth it has a question to ask:
“What is imagination?”

“Leave me alone, please, I have a morning walk,
a little escape from the humdrum and everyday,”
I say with as much politeness as trepidation
but the growling increases,
the claws seeming to get larger,
the teeth sharper, and I blurt out:
“How should I know?”

“If you know what’s good for you
you better answer,” the beast threatens,
showing off claws and teeth
like a formidable, incomparable model
stopped on the runway.

“Why do you have five clawed paws
and precisely a hundred teeth
as sharp as sharpness personified?” I ask.
“I asked you first, silly little human,”
the nasty twice human-sized beast continued
and growled it had over two-hundred teeth.

Again and again, “What is imagination?,”
question as threat to mortality
as prelude to annihilation.
Trembling, I say, “Look at the clouds,
there’s a flightless bird long thought extinct
disrupting chronology and definitions.”
The nasty twice human-sized beast looked up
and I ran past its growling,
huge-clawed, sharp-toothed form
and down the hiking trail
as if my life depended on it
on what had become a most
wondrous cloudless morning.

Fiction writer, poet, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld lives on Prince Edward
Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call
from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fifteen books, including
Chekhov Was Never in Charlottetown
(Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would
You Hide Me?
(Stories, Gaspereau Press), Misshapenness (Poetry,
Ekstasis Editions),
A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books),
Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions). His
short stories and poems have appeared in numerous periodicals and
anthologies internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful
of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.

Poetry Contest #9 Results

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1st -
"On Our Birthdays" by Kathy Fisher.
2nd -
"Finders" by Kathy Fisher.
3rd -
"Adam Never Ate the Fruit" by Sharon Goodier.

Seven Runners Up (In random order)
-"Later Trains" by Anna Yin.
"The Odyssey" by Anna Yin.
"Wash Away" by Catherine A. MacKenzie.
"Disrupting Chronology and Definitions" by J. J. Steinfeld.
"through spaces between words" by Jovan Vuksanovich.
"Biauguraphy" by Luke R. J. Maynard.
"A Mighty Insult (Upon an Anthology of Canadian Poetry)" by Luke R. J. Maynard.

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