“Snow at Lincoln Lake” © Bonnie Matthews Brock


Laurence, fur lined Yeti

With a nod to Laurence Ferlinghetti and the Yeti

Does it itch then,
that fur inside lining?
Is it too hot in summer,
even up here?

Must you chase the Yogi out
of the rocky cave.
So you can rest cool
but alone,
all summer?

On winter nights do you call
across the valley
to the mountain wall





so you can hear your name
called back to you.
Hear some comfort
for your fur-lined,
solitary existence?

Next time,
keep the Yogi.
Don’t wait for a
call back.



Bill Gardam lives with his wife and family on an island off the west coast of Canada. Over the years he has been just about anything you can imagine: back to the lander, teacher, park ranger, logger, builder, family counsellor…. He has sailed, rowed and canoed rivers and coastlines and sailed his wooden schooner around the Pacific Ocean. He is a photographer and visual artist, a writer of prose and poetry. He has a few degrees.

Bonnie Matthews Brock is a Florida-based photographer, as well as school psychologist. She enjoys capturing raw single-capture photos of a wide variety of subjects, and learning and experimenting with shooting techniques such as long-exposure and intentional camera movement, as well as with editing methods. You can find Bonnie’s images on the covers of publications such as Ibbetson Street, Poesy Magazine, and Wild Roof Journal, and on the pages of Oddball Magazine, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, Ember Chasm Review, Beaver Magazine, and Unstamatic. Her works are archived at institutions such as Poets House NYC, Brown University, University of Buffalo, and Harvard University.