Winston T. Gylles

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Winston T. Gylles
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Born in the late forties, in then small town Ottawa, Ontario Gylles recalls competing for gold stars in the poetry memorization contest set up by a grade eight teacher called Sister Barbara Ann. He obtained gold stars for the recitation of The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert William Service and The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. When he actually wrote his first poem remains enshrouded in a past far to distant to permit easy retrieval. They were most likely in the genre 'Roses are greenish, Violets morose...'

After completing an Honours degree in Psychology, he enrolled in a Journalism program and frequently wrote for the Charlatan, a varsity rag. A few news articles later, Gylles ... more »

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Please Excuse

Venerable old man
shaken by some frisky wind
please excuse
for I too
am a venerable old man
come from the world of cool
so I'm told

You've camped by the fireside
bricked in the oven, over long
I fear

It is unintentional
if ashes and cinders blow about
the robes are turbulent
the times unruly
disciples are delinquent
theirs is a faith
of free doubt and hard question

Old fellow, of such distinction
I know you
have met others of our kind
have encountered the postures
know of deep retrenchment
petty personal ...

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