Timothy Pilgrim
 

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022, OUR 26TH YEAR
 
 
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by Timothy Pilgrim
 
 
 

Upgrading to poutine at the Radium, B.C. bar & grill
 
A buck fifty extra to let salad slide,
have the french fries drenched in gravy —
white cheese curds layered tasteless 
 
on its top. I'd order the evil treat 
if crowned with ahi, not served alongside
a charred slab of Spam. Full, fingers
 
licked, I would also tip much better 
if not expected to love hockey, 
ice dancing, get excited about snow 
 
or were not seated by a family 
with crying babies -- all of us far away
from the window with a great view 
 
of the river, where Big Horn sheep
have heard of the dish, graze 
in the meadow, put up tents, 
 
sleep, dream of finding globs of it 
by the restaurant's yawning dumpster 
after they put on blush at dawn.
                              Timothy Pilgrim

 

Bighorn sheep

Photoshop cutout -- Bighorn Sheep at Radium, B.C.)


 
 
 Published by Windfall -- copyrighted Timothy Pilgrim
 

Timothy Pilgrim, a native of Montana and retired university journalism professor living in Bellingham, Wash., is a Pacific Northwest poet and 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee. His poems have been accepted more than 500 times by journals such as Toasted Cheese, Mad Swirl, Cirque, Santa Ana River Review, Windsor Review, Hobart, Otoliths and Prole Press in the U.S. Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. He is the author of Mapping water and Seduced by metaphor: Timothy Pilgrim collected published poems, which the back cover calls “a 10 on any Richter imagination scale.”