Kirk Miles is a writer, professional clown, and arts administrator. He is a board member for One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and the Alberta Playwrights' Network, as well as co-poetry editor for Blue Buffalo magazine.
Issues:9 The Causes of Falling - Poetry
The Causes of Falling
off a tree is the saw & the arm that moves it.
Sitting on the limb silently watching
the rest of the forest turn brown.
This night of red rain & colourless rainbows.
We sever the bough we stand on.
There is something sinister about
gravity mixed with velocity
& when we drop we automatically
reach out to grab something to
arrest our descent.
Often, we simply miss. Fall & keep falling,
past the forest floor & into the soil.
It is here amongst the schist & slag,
we find the precious stones
we thought the tree held.