Julie Morrissy




back under the mountain
nourish myself / hunter-gatherer
she’ll be coming round Mont-Royal
                                               when she comes
                                                            when she comes

dipping into Segal’s into the grime and dust
bins of food
one false move
and back to all the hobo taught me

          retour de retour de retour

tight, echoing           not another PB sandwich
emerge from            grocery stores
triumphant, proud
excited to make broth!

                                 Provigo has the deals
                                 Old Europe has the discount cheese
                                  Dominion is always next door
                                  Loblaws has the liquor store
                                  Rainbow is on the bus route to St. Paul
                                  Quatre Frères ouvre vingt-quatre heures
                                  Byerly’s has the good fruit
                                  Whole Foods has the good everything

                                                          We gave her a coffee machine for Christmas.
                                                          Very up-market. She exchanged it for its value in teabags.

no hoarding inclination       genetic
no supplies for disparate times
if I don’t make it to Quatre Frères in the snow
I’ll be licking salt off my roommate’s leather couch

cattr frahr
                               come easily

like the shelves in the larder
knees and elbows hard against the self

                                    if you hoard does that mean you believe in permanence
                                   or impermanence / if you hoard does that mean
                                   you believe / if you believe does that mean you hoard

                                                          Nous lui avons donné une machine à café.
                                                          Très haut de gamme. Elle l’a échangée contre sa valeur en thé.


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