Cultivating the Opposite

The dream of living by the sea

near a wild forest and ancient mountain range,

rose unbidden, colouring the day to day

of my long ago high school world.

Time has passed unbound,

leaving its inevitable brushstrokes

and bruised shadows behind,

it’s here amid the trifecta of water, wood and earth

that I make my stand – 

Resisting the lure of the lemming mind

at every red light I come across,

shaking off the eagle-eyed glance of the developer

as they sharpen their hungry tooth.

With shredded grace barely covering me

I awake each day to stake my claim,

that dream of long ago, a tainted paradise.

A perfect spot for ‘cultivating the opposite’ at the edge of Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).




About anotetohuguette

I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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15 Responses to Cultivating the Opposite

  1. Ugetse says:

    Oh what a great poem and so true. I love how you phrase ” shaking off the eagle-eyed glance of the developer as they SHARPEN THEIR HUNGRY TOOTH” . So so well said. Unfortunately people voted again for the wrong person …the very same one who promote all this, feeding the developers huge money appetite. Grrr . I am angry.

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    • We live in interesting times as the saying goes, sometimes ‘cultivating the opposite’ is the only protest left to us! Thank you (always!) for leaving such lovely comments…I’m so glad this poem touched you.

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  2. ugetse says:

    You are very wise! That is exactly what I do too. Living on the left. …big hug. Love the photo. Our park and bay help us survive in this material chaos. Thanks again Kim for your notes. Love them.

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  3. markmkane says:

    Kimberlee, this was beautifully written! Loved the line, “Time has passed unbound, leaving its inevitable brushstrokes.” Welcome back and look forward to your future posts!!!

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  4. zeckrombryan says:

    Loving the style of your writings, they are really nice. Your blog has a vast diversity of content, and the way that you present them are really good. Hope to see more from you. Have hope, write on!

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  5. Love this piece woven by the many incidents of your past and the present. A tainted paradise indeed.
    To live amongst the greenery and in the height of childhood fantasies and freedom, that is an inexplicable beauty of life.
    Take care, Kim, and enjoy all the becomes you and surrounds you, for in these times, we must take nothing for granted.

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