Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Congratulations to Heather

Congratulations to my lovely niece Heather, from Ontario.
She graduated last week from Concordia University in Montreal, with a 
Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with distinction.


You matured young. Spent too much time
in a basement room with sombre pulled shades, 
where your parents hid the piano like some 
old persistent wound. The world was fascinating 
even as it ignored you, dusty sunlight across 
your fingers in stroking tones. Yellow sachets 
on the windowsill in baskets, the electric orange
tabby, yawning cavernous and often. 
You knew the truth, sometimes, when it slipped 
out and lay like a fish on the top of the keys. 
Because it was always already three o’clock 
in the afternoon, you were supposed to have been
doing something else with your day. Not playing 
a sonata for the people on the street,
if only they could hear it. You knew it wasn’t
enough, it was never going to be enough.  
The look about you of someone who cares 
too much, hunched into the bars and notations
that streaked the pages. Realizing even then 
what you were doing, quietly saluting
the years as they passed.

Heather Davidson has a BA in Creative Writing from Concordia University, where she won the 
2011 Irving Layton Award for Fiction. Her poetry has been accepted by  The Antigonish Review, 
Descant, and carte blanche. A short story appears this winter in The New Quarterly.

While we are waiting for Heather to write her first novel, any offers of employment can be sent to me:)

And it was interesting to note that the hostas were blooming in Montreal as of last week.  Not here,  and not this week either.


  1. Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment
    Benny & Ly

  2. Congratulations.....thank-you for including some of her work. I enjoyed it. That's the wonderful thing about blogs.....

  3. Congratulations to your niece! You have an aspiring writer and poet in your family! I wish her well!
    Hostas won't bloom here for another month at least:)

  4. Hosta blossoms are now appearing in South Surrey!.
    What a beautiful poem.
    Thank You


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