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



SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 7:25PM

Rules are always changing

Words they are dormant

held in by fear and anger

gut in knots

choking back tears


Can language accumulate

like silt

at the bottom

of a cold lake


Words held back

can they resurrect

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 1:05PM

Light and Dark

Days start

and end

in darkness


The mystery

of nightfall

has always intrigued


The birth

of a new morning

always a gift


In between we experience

the threads we weave

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 7:26PM

T. O. Snapshot





  How I love

  walking this shoreline

  cityscape glows beyond



~ acrylic on canvas, Toronto Island view of T.O., MCS  


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SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 9:05PM




  Is it possible

to live without regret

hands unclasp


 ~ pencil on rag paper, MCS



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AUGUST 30, 2014 11:38AM







  The lake tranquility

  graceful silence

  distant sails billow




 ~ acrylic on canvas, Catchacoma Lake,  MCS








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AUGUST 25, 2014 1:20PM





  It’s crept upon us

  light holds less warmth

  nights grow longer


  Autumn has arrived

  yellows and russet appear

  soon leaves will fall


  This autumn evening

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AUGUST 22, 2014 8:09AM


It is cold

and hard edged

we know it

it requires

no teaching

when ignored

it murmurs

in the background

denying the soul rest

if we fail to honour it

the light becomes dim

feelings areRead full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 8:30PM

Impending Darkness


It’s impossible

not to notice

the crumbling world

people are dying

men are grumbling

women are crying

children are unsure

our leaders hunger

for more power

greed the religion of choice

indifference and intolerance

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AUGUST 17, 2014 5:00PM

My Working Space

To me the studio is more than a physical place and even more than a mental space; it is a necessity of being. 


It’s an omnipresent thing; it allows me to work consciously, semi-consciously, and in unconscious ways and a space to remove myself from the bump andRead full post »

AUGUST 12, 2014 7:36PM

Black Hole

Traveling the corridor of life

your bright light

hides your sorrows


You’re a fragile rose

without thorns

to protect yourself


The world revolves

but your timing

is always slightly off


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AUGUST 9, 2014 6:41PM



Somber evening light

graces quiet water

tranquil feeling descends



I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day.
~ Vincent Van Gogh




~ acrylic on canvas, MCS




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AUGUST 4, 2014 3:00PM



Tide rolls out

exposing discards

carelessness uncovered



~ pen and ink, MCS



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JULY 30, 2014 8:23PM




Out alone

to watch the sunrise

days spent in silence


Waves roll in

depositing white foam

cycle repeated


Persistent breeze

a mournful sound

but strangely comforting


Brilliant blue skies

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In my third year

I see how it’s changed

spam behind us

no new members

ahead of us

clouds pass over us

hollow spaces

of those deleted

or gone by choice

not wholly sure

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JULY 10, 2014 9:38AM

Summer Snapshot 1


A cool breeze

rushes past

forming white caps


This golden light

is deceiving

a jacket is required


Standing here

taking in the coolness

appreciating the tranquilly


In the distance white sails billow

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JULY 4, 2014 5:35PM



Stained glass
illustrates the sacredness
of this place

A stainless steel blade
a quick flash
it’s done

The slashes of red
an obscene canvas
of pain and madness

The soft light
gives this space
its cathedral-like feel

Pale white skin
marred by your hand
mutilated and raw

In contrast your face
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JUNE 25, 2014 7:46PM

Endless Rain

 A heavy oppressive sky

a monochromatic landscape

an overwhelming sense aloneness



Life is like a rainbow.

You need both the sun and the rain to make its colours appear.


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JUNE 21, 2014 1:20PM

Internal and External Storms


Startled by the sudden rain

the dog presses against my leg

as the sky darkens

and unburdens its self


At the end of the meadow

trees sag under the weight of water

the horizon is a violent green


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JUNE 17, 2014 8:26PM

Elegy in Black



Storm clouds move in

 consuming the light

shadows hang thick

like an ill fitting black suit

putting on this suit

now one’s shadow is gone

with each step

night grows darker

wearing the black suit

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JUNE 15, 2014 8:53AM


 I treasure your books

 their spines I caress

 this highlights your absence


  ~ Oct 10, 31 to Nov 03, 05 ~


~ image courtesy of Google








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JUNE 14, 2014 7:51AM

First Light


  At dawn’s pure light

the silence

penetrates the soul


 ~ conté on paper, MCS













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JUNE 10, 2014 8:17PM


Observing aloneness

faces look frozen in place

words in short supply 

eye contact avoided  


Spring winds

bring gentle warmth

not warm enough to thaw

the accumulating icy stillness


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JUNE 5, 2014 7:12PM

Moment in June


Delicate spring sun

reflected in every dewdrop

warmth seems to lingers


~ acrylic on canvas, MCS



Regardless of how long the winter, spring will always follow 
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JUNE 3, 2014 7:36PM

Clad in Isolation

Downtown Toronto

The city vibrates with motion

streets carry steady flows

steel and glass towers

stand erect like narrow fingers

reaching upward toward the sky

sun seldom touches the sidewalks

a lonely dove perched high above

its song consumed by noise


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JUNE 1, 2014 11:21AM

Garden Moment



 The violet splashes

  dot the garden

  lovely ruffled petals



  ~ acrylic on board, MCS

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