Foolish that it’s so brittle and stuck

the ego I mean and how it wants to push against reality
despite time’s unavoidable billboards
plastered all over my body’s real estate

so it’s good that I laugh
after nearly losing my balance on a switchback
saved by my walking poles

He asks what’s funny?

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


Ken Victor is a long-time contributor to Queen’s Quarterly whose poem “On the Coldest Night in Quebec” (QQ 109/4) received a National Magazine Award. His collection of poetry We Were Like Everyone Else was published in 2019 by Cormorant Books.

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