Two Portraits From Miller

George Miller. 30 (some odd) poems. Toronto: Three Tree Press, 1977.

"Padraig O'Broin"

In the tundra between the lines
we eye each other guardedly
"John of Glasgow"
There is still among the dying
more life than among the dead

star blood
         earth bone
part light
         part stone

Our breath hangs in the air
like evidence for the soul
and there are countries we
have not seen which will taste
like crisp apples
when we go to them
in the morning
Ever alert to the traces of life and its enjoyments in a land of cold.

And so for day 1870