Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

In the Beginning

Nicholas Bradley

Infant babe,
babe who sleeps,

I am the oldest
living thing

you know,
an unshaven

bent over

your bed. Soon
you will meet

your ancient

and later
your doctors

and teachers, our
friends – crones

and geriatrics
from a century

before yours – .....

* poem, in its entirety, is available in the printed version of the current issue.


Nicholas Bradley is a poet, literary critic, and editor. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.