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a shut-in’s toenail.
Silence, pouring out
its life story.
Darkness, a gloved hand
pressed over the mouth.
Telephone, at this hour
must be bad news.
Steve McOrmond’s poetry appears in the anthology Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets. His most recent collection of poetry, Primer on the Hereafter, was awarded the 2007 Atlantic Poetry Prize. A new poetry collection is forthcoming in 2010 from Brick Books. He lives in Toronto.