Longtime Customer


I ordered blue skies,
but they sent me a sunset.

Two days for the price of one,
claimed the ad,
but by then
all the weekends had been taken.

Just what the hell
is going on over there?
I asked for,
and have yet to receive,
the free month of Sundays
I’m entitled to.
I distinctly recall asking
for early autumn temperatures,
and am returning the enclosed
heat wave and cold snap
they delivered in its stead.

You call this a gentle zephyr?
When the winds all night
almost carried me away.

And today the postman
dropped off
a parcel full of midnight;
which I’ve opened accidentally,
some of it broken,
a good number
of the stars missing.





Chickadee Thinking



In the mind of the chickadee
is a ball of sparks,
a knot of entrails,
the planet’s littlest vacuum.

The chickadee’s mind whistles,
colour fusing to colour.
It smells like beetles’ fears.
It tastes of summer.

Actually, phantoms there
stroll between atoms of moonlight
and lordly Titans gambol
over the seemingly endless vistas.

There are great thoughts,
and these crackle like spruce tinder.
Like soda bubbles, but they weigh tons
and feel barbed to the touch.

Like wind over a hilltop.
Like lines intersecting wires.
Like smoking campfires of the Mongols,
as seen from a blood-red sky.








Pushcart-nominee Bruce McRae is a Canadian musician with over 700 publications, including Poetry.com and The North American Review. His first book, The So-Called Sonnets is available from the Silenced Press website or via Amazon books. To hear his music and view more poems visit his website: www.bpmcrae.com, or ‘TheBruceMcRaeChannel’ on Youtube.


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2 Responses to Two Poems by Bruce McRae

  1. Longtime Customer really made my day. Thanks.

    • bruce mcrae says:

      hi valentine
      just saw your remark, glad i could brighten the day. and who said poets didn’t serve a purpose!? cheers, bruce mcrae

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