Lenten Psalm (also suitable for December)

Winter of Toronto town has come                                                                                                                            settling in my very marrow 

I shiver on Queen and Jarvis corner                                                                                                                        I make my bed on warm air-vents

Difficult to give thanks for charity                                                                                                                                bread of poverty is hard and bitter

A band plays carols in the mall                                                                                                                                     but I am not allowed to loiter

I’m aching in your chilly absence, God                                                                                                                       please shine your countenance upon me

Sound your horn of plenty in my ear
warm me with hope enough to praise you

In Waking in Harbour One Day: Collected Poems of Ian Sowton, 2020



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