Gordon Taylor: a poem



Statistics


What are the odds of a man

asking you to dance

or a flower opening

before your eyes

blood mixing with water

pearls in vinegar

not dissolving

but making a new self

maybe better

maybe not

afterward

you put on his clothes

to smell like him


what are the odds

of a bouquet of balloons

holding their air

for months

after he travelled the length

of a province

to bring them to you

wearing a powder blue velour suit

white sateen shirt

and sweat too



Gordon Taylor (he/him) is a queer poet and cancer survivor. His poems have appeared in Prairie Fire, Grain, Plainsongs, Plenitude and Five South, and are forthcoming in Wire’s Dream, Cathexis and Sheila Na-Gig.