Dean Steadman’s work has been published in Canadian journals and e-zines, and in the anthology, Pith and Wry: Canadian Poetry, edited by Susan McMaster (Scrivener Press, 2010). He is the author of two chapbooks: Portrait w/tulips (Leaf Editions, 2013) and Worm’s Saving Day (AngelHousePress, 2015). He was a finalist in the 2011 Ottawa Book Awards for his poetry collection, their blue drowning (Frog Hollow Press, 2010). His second poetry collection, Après Satie — For Two and Four Hands, will be published by Brick Books in the spring of 2016.
The unspoken wait of platforms,
the station a mausoleum at this hour
coloured burgundy by the memory of a sweater
buttoned to the collar,
where only the glimpse of a silk scarf.
An essence, frail & diminishing,
caught up in the commotion of trains,
the vortex of old tunnel winds,
discarded time schedules.
& me not there, not then, not ever,
lost instead in the dizzy of I,
unable to offer a steadying arm.
My lips too failing the kindness of transit,
missing your departure & final arrival.