Making the Sky

Judy Gaudet

A gift of Island poetry | curated by Deirdre Kessler

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Wet the sky thoroughly
right down to the treeline.
Wrap it round the strait.
First add the brightness,
leaving either nothing
or a light blue or yellow,
and into this the darker blue,
grey, leaving places
for the light behind the sky
to shine through.
A treeline may go next,
running a little into the sky.
Add scratches to hold
the extra pigment that says
this is a different state of matter.
Add the water last,
dry, so the light sparkles over it,
so that the strait reflects the sky
but is not the sky.


—Judy Gaudet. Conversations with Crows (Oberon Press) and 150+ Canada’s History in Poetry (Acorn Press, 2018) are two of Judy’s most recent collections.

Deirdre Kessler selects a poem a month by an Island poet for The Buzz.

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