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Alberta Girl

by Jacalyn den Haan

Could I adjust to the dying? There is an earth, too 

to let go. This is no discussion of my death, yet, no


arranging of wills, rites read, no viewing rooms

hearses, clergy, carnations, heaven, none of that.


There is always more leaving to do. And this prairie

as it is today I’ll grieve. Falter. I’ll have to leave behind.


Could I adjust to the death of the slow shift of seasons?

The disappearance of spring, summer turned to smoke 


winter a vortex or gone. How could my memories yield the

sweetness of rotting leaves, fresh Mount Robson air 


chirping frogs in my parents’ backyard, dead, dying–

seventy pages of goodbyes would not even be a start. 


I try at farewells now: life will roll on, maybe– it must;

but this prairie would burn, will dust, might fade away. 


And I don’t know how I’ll push on through fire, farewells.

I don’t know where this new world will hold beauty inside.

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Jacalyn den Haan

Jacalyn den Haan is an educator and emerging writer hailing from Langley, BC and currently located in Montréal, QC. Her work appears or will be appearing in Blank Spaces and EVENT.

You can find her on Twitter at @denhaanjacalyn or on

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