“reservoirs of ancient water that occasionally
come bubbling up out of boreholes in the rock”
See this water cut off from the surface for 2.7
billion years recently discovered in an Ontario
mine Do you ever feel cut off from the surface?
Does migraine vertigo or cancer perhaps interfere
with your libido?
When I was 17 after my mother’s diagnosis I told my
father I’d write a book called: Cancer Colony He did
not green light the project: It’s about a world where
everyone has cancer Dad even the animals!
When later I arrived at university +found Solzhenitsyn’s
Cancer Ward on 2nd yr. Russian Lit syllabus I rejoiced!
Now some 43 yrs. later my book yet unwritten memories
of my father’s last days writ large in boreholes of memory
Bubbling to the surface on dark fall afternoons decay in
Maybe he was trying to protect me from diving into the
cancer machine +could not foresee a life for me as champion
of brutalized children +writer of festering poems He wanted
a brighter path for: the greatest little filly of them all His auto-
graph Grade 6 August 16, 1969 20 yrs. to the day he died
Congestive heart failure 5 yrs. after a vein from his leg was
implanted in his heart Incision from solar plexus to ankle
(They’re gonna cut me from stem to stern he said) Forfeiting
heaven for 5 more years of failing body +mind ravaged by heart/
lung machine (we didn’t read the fine print)
My tough old father did not retreat He stuck around for another
1,825 days and 3 to his tattered last still said life is sweet