Blue Spruce

It stands up 

for wildness

in the face of the civil

lies told by the humming wires 

overhead in the back alley


It stands 

a bit crooked

watches houses crumble

cars rust to dust

and grows

slightly taller 

Michael Minor is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Manitoba in the department of English, Film and Theatre. He is researching the trans-generic possibilities of decolonization through world Indigenous poetry. Some of his poetry can be found in The Antigonish Review, as well as reviews in CV2. He is also a songwriter, living, and occasionally performing, in Winnipeg with his partner and their child.