King Kong Goes to Parliament Hill
for William Hawkins,
When you were young and in your prime,
a battle of wills between you and Trudeau, Laurier LaPierre,
the American National Guard. Deflecting gains
from Empire State.
No flies on you, who once kicked dust from ancient tavern floors,
played Lowertown games of telephone and poems, walked
French Catholic blocks, tracked Sol's sundial jaunt
across Sisters of Mercy. Now, you labour atop Peace Tower's peak,
Remain there long enough to count the strands of traffic
bridge the river Grand, now seven deep,
criss-crossing Chaudiere's diminished boil.
King Kong Tribute to William Hawkins
king kong on the waterfront
loses track of high points; towers,
cgi containment, the CN Tower
a tired cliché, & oh-so done
lift your head up, eighteenth-century brick
a crumble of beach sand, waves
& water, water everywhere,
not a drop to drink
Splash photo credit of father and son to Peter Lamb.
Artworks of William Hawkins books and Dancing Alone CD cover by Chris Wells, Hunter River, PEI.
Photos by John Garner for black & white stage photos and author’s photographs. Cover photo Hawkins (Nil Press, Ottawa, 1966) by Doctor Edward P. Schafer.
Content contribution and review by William’s long-time friends, supporters and reviewers.
Web design by Monique Desnoyers, in collaboration with William Hawkins.
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