Treasure Island

Michael Ondaatje


Poems of Michael Ondaatje

1. (Inner Tube) 1/13/2003
2. Application For A Driving License 1/13/2003
3. Bearhug 1/13/2003
4. Elizabeth 1/13/2003
5. Notes For The Legend Of Salad Woman 1/13/2003
6. Speaking To You (From Rock Bottom) 1/13/2003
7. The Cinnamon Peeler 1/13/2003
8. To A Sad Daughter 1/13/2003

Bearhug

Griffin calls to come and kiss him goodnight
I yell ok. Finish something I'm doing,
then something else, walk slowly round
the corner to my son's room.
He is standing arms outstretched
waiting for a bearhug. Grinning.

Why do I give my emotion an animal's name,
give it that dark squeeze of death?

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