Kirk Miles

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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.


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.

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