Colin Mackenzie is an emerging narrator and poet, and presently working on his first novel. He has a B.A. in English literature and Spanish, and currently works as a writing tutor. Some of Mackenzie's passions and indulgences include smooth jazz, Latin languages, animal rescue, walks in the woods, motorcycles, Southern food, Gothic literature, and heavy volumes of Spanish Golden Age literature. Mackenzie lives in Toronto, Canada, with his beloved Basset Hound, Lucy.

A POEM FOR THE UNSUNG BATTLER

Colin Mackenzie

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Poetry

December 2016

Hopes        

Are at the end of summer,          

Crestfallen. Torrents of rain          

Drown their streams of toil.      

                                                     

Dreams,  

Broken by the thunder,              

Wander in sleepless crusades        

Through the endless night.                                                            

 

Dreams                                                            

Pass on by  

A thousand-yard stare,                

Like the strange averted eyes.                                                            

 

Defeat                                                            

Lays siege,                                                            

While the hawk circles                                                            

In the gray turbid twilight.                                                            

 

But dreams        

Blanket autumn mornings,          

Ubiquitous shrouds of mist                                                             Sheltering the prey.

                                                           

And dreams                          

Uncloak the jackbooted hunter,                    

Trailing them through streets                                                              And years.      

 

He hasn’t got them yet.

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