“Toronto.”

The word taps the tongue like salted bagels buttered hot on Baldwin at dawn,

toasted to a ‘t’ at the top.

 

“ToRonTo.”

The name is a basket of consonants in Kensington

haggling for wicker and kumquat and duck.

 

“TOR! ON! TO!”

It’s the repeat of Moodie’s gun at noon from Montgomery’s,

when rebellion cracks a wrinkle in Canada’s Upper half.

 

Listen:  “Toronto.”

It’s the staccato of stilletos at Eglinton:  the Office lets out to lunch.

 

“Toronto.” Hear it?

The sonorous call of the Huron in the mist of afternoon all along the Humber: 

“Oak tree rising”—before the diaspora come flooding in.

 

“Traawna.” 

It’s the nasal drawl of teens at the mall, lazing in mannered,

deceiving festivals of smoke.  School’s out. They’ll just not be adults yet.

 

“To-ron-to.”

It’s the sound the sunset makes at King and Bay,bouncing from tower to ’scraper to spire,

leaving echoes of gold on the rim of Mammontown.

 

“Toronto.”

Prairie people and the rest of Canada love to hear you say it means

old word for “Cotu,” Centre of the Universe. Trust me. Try it.

 

“Address? Toronto.”

Adopted city of over four million, some pulled by choice, some pushed by fate.

A few will eschew sleep tonigh and trawl its corridors instead.

 

“State of Mind? Toronto.”

Neither a legato sound, nor a liquid name,

but a drumming beat. “Toronto.”

 

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. jackie April 11, at 03:45

    What a great talent you have Lauren for words x

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  2. mummy May 22, at 17:40

    my darling Lauren your poem about daddy is so touching it made me cry i love you xxxxx

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  3. Beth Winter June 12, at 18:53

    Wonderful poems, both with a depth of emotion and superbly crafted. What an honor to read such vulnerable beauty.

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  4. Dhyan June 04, at 14:33

    this was wonderful way to learn a place without ever coming to

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  5. Ronald Fischman June 02, at 14:58

    I was impressed with this powerful paean to what matters when I fist saw it. I'm glad it got acknowledged by showing up in print. Families should live this way - behave as if there were no distractors first, play video games later.

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  6. Starr Poetress June 01, at 19:33

    Sublime has amazing skills that one can only strive to achieve... much love Cheryl

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  7. max June 01, at 19:17

    Touching, engaging and sublime..

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  8. Craig June 01, at 15:17

    What a sophisticated picture the author painted. I'm a huge Sublime fan, please continue to bless the world with your poetry as only you can..

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  9. Marousia June 01, at 14:39

    I love these two poems - life is so short and so precious

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