False Impression


Bruce McRae





Every word is true.

Every incident happened.

All conversations are verbatim.


I write the word ‘chicken’

and a Rhode Island Red appears.

I coin a memory

and the dead have risen

from their bed of lye and roses.


You can’t kid a kidder, kid.

You can’t con a con,

and a poem is a three-card trick.

A poem is a bomb

in a bus station locker.

A poem is an angel

at the foot of your bed.

A real blood-and-guts angel

shaking her head

in reticent befuddlement.


You ask her a question.

Graciously, she smiles,

yet refuses to answer.









Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician currently residing on Salt Spring Island BC, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with over 1,600 poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review.  His books are The So-Called Sonnets (Silenced Press), An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy (Cawing Crow Press), Like As If (Pski’s Porch) and Hearsay (The Poet’s Haven). 



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