Monday, October 15, 2018


lock, stock and barrel – along with thousands
of others, we were joined together over the
Seine – such a cheesy sentimental thing to do.
But somehow it felt portentous, important,
eternal – so even though the wind was howling
crazy like home, arctic-wolf colder-than-cold,
and snow was spitting sideways at us, we knelt
down and slid that sucker hasp through two
bars on the bridge, twisted it tight and clicked
it home – used the key to check for safekeeping.
Is it possible to lock love in place – in Paris?
You know it.

*From Elizabeth Bachinsky’s poem Wild Grass
  from the book Home of Sudden Service.


I get over the shock of being here. Being in Paris, 
being in Rodin's garden outside Rodin's house
– now a museum, and finally, standing beside 
a really large edition of Rodin’s ultra-famous 
The Thinker. It’s so big, it's surreal. I love Rodin
– especially because everything he did is larger
than life and he was never afraid to show 
all the warts and wrinkles on his subjects, so much
so, he took a lot of heat from the public. I wonder 
what Rodin had his Thinker thinking -- his art
was always motivated by deeper layers than what
shows. Or so it’s said.

*From Elizabeth Bachinsky’s poem 
Home of Sudden Service from the book of the same name.


excavation in the shadow of an extinct volcano.
Even in late afternoon, I can hear the ancients whispering
as the amateur archaeologists—we’ve nick-named them
crypt-kickers—begin shrouding the site, 
especially the graves, finished for the day.
I sit off to the side near the well,
writing in my notebook. From my vantage point, if
I look one way, I don’t even see the scavi**, only the farm-
land and off in the distance, the gentle hills that were
once volcanoes. And the ancients’ voices are filled with
quietude and peace as the shadows march longer across
the field.

*From Elizabeth Bachinsky’s poem Sometimes Boys 
  Go Missing III from the book Home of Sudden Service.

**scavi - slang abbreviation for excavation area in an archaeology dig


A common complaint amongst pelicans that
migrate from the Arctic Circle to Florida and
further south – every single year—then fly on
back again. They didn’t used to fly so far north
but food reserves are disappearing and the great
birds are in danger, their numbers decreasing
alarmingly. Birds are thought to be cold-blooded
(no blooded?) but you can see them shiver if you
watch carefully. It might mean they’re frightened
but it could also mean they’re cold…it could.

*From Elizabeth Bachinsky’s poem Petit Mal, 
  Petit Mort from the book Home of Sudden Service.


they be, these graceful as champagne flutes, 
drooping down in seemingly benign beauty – especially these—
these butter-yellow bells, their throats painted with a sprinkling 
of pale freckles. Such loveliness can conceal
lethal secrets: foxglove – known for its healing powers
is also renowned for being deadly poisonous. It grows
in an array of colours: purple, pink, white and yellow
but the defining characteristics are those pale freckles
coating their throats. 

*From Elizabeth Bachinsky’s poem At Fifteen from
the book Home of Sudden Service


I slink, padding softly as a moccasin-wearing native
from any of the North American tribes. If I am
hunting, my prey is unlikely to hear my approach but
should the herd mentality alert them, no matter. I am
one of the fastest beings on the planet. I can go from 
0-60 mph in 3 seconds, and run flat out at 75 mph.
My acceleration makes me faster than a Lamborghini, 
a Ferrari, even a McLaren. My flexible spine and unique 
physique make me able to turn on a dime, run like mercury, 
grip most any surface…When I am running my fastest, 
all four paws spend more time in the air than on the ground
 – simultaneously! Stretched out, I can measure twenty-five 
feet. I sleep high in trees for thirteen or fourteen hours most 
nights, and hunt during the day. I am beautiful.

*From Elizabeth Bachinsky’s poem Of a Time 
from the book home of Sudden Service.


Even fenced within this place, we roam as if we
own the earth. Born to majesty cannot be
shrugged off just because captivity is the
order of the day. One can become acclimated
to anything given enough time. Besides, there
is little to worry about here – food is plentiful,
disease is not—our prides are many and we
live in peace, wrestling for fun but never to the
death. Once I almost killed an elder and my
blood roared as loud as my mouth but the fight
was ended before any real damage took place.
I was left oddly out of sorts.

*From Elizabeth Bachinsky’s poem Of A Time
  from the book home of Sudden Service.