After the Flood: Hockey Poems — An Introduction
I don’t need to tell you about bad floods–the devastation they bring to the land, its people, and their worldly possessions. But let me remind you about some good floods.
They take place across this great country and around the world: in arenas, on outdoor rinks and even on lakes and ponds. Whether initiated by a solitary figure cradling a second-hand fire hose or by an attendant driving a state-of-the-art ice machine, these floods put in place the key ingredient.
My book celebrates the adventures and interactions among people that can only happen after the good floods. Many of the poems are rooted in my experiences as a player, coach, and fan.
How many goals will be scored tonight
across this dark and frozen land,
at outdoor rinks, at arenas,
in every village, in every city?
(How many since the beginning of this poem?)
After each one, the frenzy will stop,
players will glide toward teammates, arms upraised,
opponents will turn away,
shoulders hunched, sticks across thighs,
be caught up in it
understand the context.
Who’s keeping score
and who has the luxury of losing track,
shouting, “Next goal wins”
when sensibility has whispered
that the game must come to an end?
Who will have been captured on video highlights
and who will just scrape the ice clean
and begin again?
After the Flood: Hockey Poems is available from the author and at Pages on Kensington.