“no dress rehearsal”


It came as conversation
Pulling up a chair, side by side in the dark
A heart opened in anguish

Poetry on another plain

A toasting with pride
Bodies swaying in unison

Got every bit of it
Pain was there
And ecstatic joy
Wrapped together in grit
A fight against the moment
A fight against the end
In silver shimmer and pink sparkle
There was connection
Long time coming
Long time held
United in a beat that raised the now
A nation in celebration
Yet shaken by a loss impending
Encore three shattered the ceiling
For we felt the wholeness of it all
And in the blue dimming light
We knew a raging soul
Had found some peace
As we ached, in feeling so much more.

Paula Antonello Moore, Prose. Copyright: Sunday, August 21, 2016.

Image: Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip by P. A. Moore.

The Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip concluded their 14-date Man, Machine, Poem summer tour with their final show in Their hometown broadcast across Canada August 20. It was truly a celebration of lead singer Gord Downie, who sadly was diagnosed earlier this summer with an inoperable brain tumor.