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Jaimie Levesque
Calgary, AB
I live in the shadow of the rocky mountains but my heart wanders.
Interests: Traveling, art, reading, writing, politics, crossword puzzles, finding an amazing new poet or artist, almond milk chai lattes. I also love a fresh new newspaper or magazine, preferably read in the bath with a nice cup of tea.
Recent Activity
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One more poem from my old Kandinsky book, for good measure: Barbed Wire Sometimes the longing for you catches at me like the time I went walking, recklessly through a green field, in a rainstorm and a long snarl of wire caught me the edge of a barb deep in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Abalone Shell
I'm hungry for you, my love, so come out and rescue me love is just not enough out in this war of needs Thank you to Dotan, for a Sunday night song that made my heart beat just a little while I sat in the bath Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Abalone Shell
Here's a romantic little song for your long weekend. I hope you are dwelling in a bright world where all is possible, adventures loom on your horizon and you feel much loved. That's where I want to be. Let's travel there together. xo j An optimist expects his dreams to... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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Maybe I’ll meet my next love in a hurricane His hair will be all over, standing up Or perhaps in rush hour traffic where Neither of us will be bothered Because Iggy Pop is on our respective radios And we have a lust for life He may be lurking on... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
Posted May 16, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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I wrote this poem in 2012 (after an adventure) and thought I might resurrect it today. A Flight (2) Horizon line like a bowstring curved all out of shape How could I forget life feels this way Free on the earth I might fly violently off over, and into the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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Wearing my Mexican black ankle boots with buckles today and thinking of Debbie Harry, stone cold fox. One of my earliest memories is watching "Heart of Glass" on TV with my dad. I think he said something like, "Fucking disco." It may have been in 1981, 1982? She's still punk... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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I’m leaving a piece of myself here in this hotel room. It’s a book but not a good one. I am leaving the imprint of a body on a bed; your body, my body. I am leaving a gash in a piece of ice on a glacier from my foot... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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This is Iceland This is Iceland A black lunar landscape. Corrugated iron walls in bright colours Very little trees This is Iceland Where two men with big bushy beards asked me where I was from And then said, “Oh, you’re Canadian. We are practically the same.” I had just drank... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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I’ve been thinking about my body lately. I don’t mean that in a vain way—I’ve just been observing how things are shifting, changing and rearranging themselves as I age and do more and more physical things— I think of it as a vehicle that not only transports me through this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
I had my candle burning and found this on TV by chance. So silly! So old! It reminded me of being very young (I think I was about 7 when this came out) and wondering what being sixteen was going to be like. It was, I'm pleased to report, quite... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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I adore Pablo Neruda. He's just a big ball of decadence, of words, of emotion, of everything I want to say and can't. Here's to forgetting, remembering, kissing, leaving, returning, of walking in the rain. I am sentimental and unrepentant! I hope you are too. But I firmly believe if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
. . . somewhere Inside that numbness of earth Our future is trying to happen. I look up -- as if to meet your voice With all its urgent future That has burst in on me. Then look back At the book of the printed words. . . . It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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All the choices we make belong to us. We have to own them fully, deciding to move with love and integrity and kindness, if that's what we want to do. I take full responsibility for the mistakes I've made, the affection I have or have not given, the people I've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
A gardener told me some plants move, But I could not believe it ‘Til me and Hannah Hunt Saw crawling vines and weeping willows As we made our way from Providence to Phoenix A man of faith said Hidden eyes could see what I was thinking I just smiled and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
My son and I find this weirdly groovy. I love the sweeping interludes between the lyrics. Great base line (the kind that makes your hips wiggle). I've always loved Death Cab for Cutie. "There is grace within forgiveness." Happy Saturday! Have fun with all the darkness, have fun with all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
I will not be your mistake, lie, betrayal or natural disaster Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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"If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.” “Fear is stupid. So are regrets." “We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle." “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about." - All quotes, the delicious,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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These poems are from 2007. After recent conversations, the first one makes me laugh a little at my youthful hubris. I wonder who exactly I thought I was?! But I have to be honest, I'm nowhere as confident as this poem implies. I certainly wish this was me and I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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I am the blank page before you I am the fine idea you crave I live and breathe under the moon And when you cross that bridge I'll come find you Stay awake with me You know I can't just let you be Stay awake with me Take your hand... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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The world is getting to be a bright and shiny place these days. Hello March! Welcome and here's two kisses to keep you feeling warm and most beloved, come sit down and we'll have tea. I have a feeling you have stories to tell. I am serious though. Good things... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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We are in the lovely sign of Pisces now so feel the tides, you sailors, mermaids, water maids and wanderers. "The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore." "For my part I know nothing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at The Abalone Shell
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Starting up this post, I thought about what I wanted to title it and what I wanted to say. I googled Curvature of the Earth and voila! up came the Pythagorean theorem. I thought you fine people should know that, in our advanced time of social media and near elimination... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at The Abalone Shell