David Fraser lives in Nanoose Bay, on Vancouver Island. He is the founder and editor of Ascent Aspirations Magazine, http:// www.ascentaspirations.ca, since 1997. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in over 50 journals including Three Candles, Regina Weese, Ardent, Quills and Ygdrasil. He has published two collections of poetry, Going to the Well (2004) and Running Down the Wind (2007), a collection of short fiction, The Dark Side of the Billboard (2006 ) and edited and published the four print issues of Ascent Aspirations Magazine.
David is currently the Federation of BC Writers Regional Director for The Islands Region. His latest passion is developing Nanaimo's newest spoken word series, WordStorm, http:// www.wordstorm.ca
Stooped, and shuffling man,
with many others gone before you,
taking their violence to the earth,
leaving you, stubborn, tight
void of philosophies and metaphysics,
consumed and consuming
digesting just the headlines
scraping only the surfaces
as it has always been;
your bruised face, a black potato,
seeming to be waiting
for each uneventful day to pass.
I glimpse your shadow
trailing down the long green corridor
sick and vomiting;
the footprints of your slippers
in what you had for lunch.