M. C. S.'s Blog

Poetry: the best words in the best order.

M. C. S.

M. C. S.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
December 19
For me writing is the best way to talk without ever being interrupted.................................. ©2015 M.C.S. - all rights reserved


JANUARY 25, 2015 12:25PM


Winter morning

that sun is misleading

I stare out the window


Fire crackles in the grate

a sound I find soothing

I stare out the window


Sketchbook opened before me

pencils left untouched

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JANUARY 17, 2015 11:47AM

Winter Silence

Sun sparkles off the frozen pond

blinding in its glare

today this place

is a tomb of silence


One stands looking

across this expanse

of deep winter

swallowed by this silence


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JANUARY 10, 2015 11:18PM

Winter’s Grip 10


Glaring cold sunlight

deep winter expanse

a vault of silence


~ acrylic on canvas, MCS

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JANUARY 4, 2015 7:21PM

Weathered Moment


January evening

the lake glistens

in its frigid beauty

rolling waves

brush the shore

with a whooshing sound

high rise city lights reflected

in these waters

coloured ribbons

reminding me of

long dorsal finsRead full post »

JANUARY 3, 2015 3:36PM

Winter's Grip 9


Sunless winter afternoon

beyond the window

large flakes fall


Winter scene

children climb

the far off sledding hill


Putting on winter gear

hard to decide mittens or gloves

heading out to shovel


FirstRead full post »

JANUARY 2, 2015 12:06AM

On This Day


No words spoken

no need for them

today filled with reflection


On a cold night

like this

my world changed


Telephone rang

during the wee hours

that sound spells trouble


Rushing intoRead full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2014 9:20PM

Endings and Beginnings

On this last day of the year

one examines moments

events now long gone


Long cold night

peeking into

highs and lows


Nothing to write about

except to wish you all

a Happy New YearRead full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2014 6:11PM

As December Ends


bleak sun flickers

through dense cedars


Glimpsing a dried oak leaf

as it skims across

hard earth


The morning wears on

snowflakes come and go

temperature drops  


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DECEMBER 29, 2014 6:37PM

Stillness #3




 Finding this alleyway

  following the fading light

  embraced by silence


  ~ pen and ink on rag paper, MCS


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DECEMBER 28, 2014 12:18PM

Stillness #2





 The breeze brought it

  a brief moment of silence

  ever so fleeting


  ~ pen and ink on rag paper, MCS




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DECEMBER 27, 2014 6:37PM




 A slow day

 monochromatic vista

 silence surrounds


 ~ acrylic on canvas, MCS



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DECEMBER 26, 2014 10:43AM

Along this Place

The grey sky

and the colourless lake

the world is



Sitting watching

waves rolling in

not a sound just



Footprints in the sand

deep and stretching forward

its maker long

goneRead full post »

DECEMBER 25, 2014 6:59PM



Prayer for Today


Grace us today, with the gift of time

Grace us today, with the gift of choice

Grace us today, with the gift of faithful friendship


Grace us today, with ethical work to do


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DECEMBER 21, 2014 6:28PM

December 21st


The shortest day

silence enters the heart

tomorrow light lengthens

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DECEMBER 20, 2014 11:34PM

Worn Out



 Sitting fitfully

newspaper spread out

across the desktop

feeling restless

with so many words

all spelling unrest

feeling chilled

by the weight

of all this chaos

page after page

of this stuffRead full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2014 7:32PM


A winter morning

when it’s much too early

to be awake

yet so difficult

to return to sleep

one lies in dark silence

crowded with memories

which follow relentlessly

their weight one carries

unable to put down the loadRead full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2014 12:50PM



Morning December grey skies

the city still quiet 

as an empty house

the streets spread out

vacant and almost still

the skies streaked

with early dawn light

somewhere sleepers

lying in dreams

turn and theirRead full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2014 6:18PM

December Moment


Before the beveled glass

a landscape of white

nothing goes about


Snowflakes fall

without a sound

the vacuum that is winter


The garden

a blanket of white

so pure and clean


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DECEMBER 9, 2014 8:03PM

Thug = Coward

When the thug is cornered he turns dangerous

reason and decorum burn to ash and vanish

heavy breathing can be heard from across the hall

loud shouts overpower

puffed-out chest a mock sign of self-importance

becomes less convincing asRead full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2014 9:34PM

Too Much

Having experienced too much

one steps aside

and their soul

falls to the floor

it rests still

and lifeless

eyes burdened

by witnessing too much greed

ears burn

with the sounds of hypocrisy

so much so

thatRead full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2014 8:31PM



Remembering warmth

reflected light

off lily pads


Looking deeper

and deeper inward

the Koi come into view


Right now

winter’s cloak falls away

summer relived


~ acrylic

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DECEMBER 1, 2014 7:25AM

Three Stanzas



  A blue cast fills the sky

  stealing colour from

  my skin


  Onset of winter

  always starts like this

  silent and dark


  Closing my eyes

  listening intently

  asRead full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2014 11:51AM




 November lies desolate

void of colour

the garden

a dark-toned patch

the last days

of this month

crawl by

without direct light

free of reflection

the only thing

that shines

is the distant

cardinal’s song

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NOVEMBER 27, 2014 9:02AM

Winter Ghost

Detesting winter

stepping out into cold mornings

sky dark as India ink

accompanied by a bone deep chill

reaching for a knit scarf

double-wrapped around

tight attempting to keep warm  

pulling tight a thick wool coat

hands incased in leatherRead full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 8:38AM





  An internal storm



  The inner most layers



  This night’s darkness



  Kept awake night after night



  TheRead full post »