Knock Knock

| March 4, 2018

Knock Knock By LFM Our foe believed his camp well hid, But OPSEC, his was slack. We knew exactly where it was And gave his bivouac.

Ode to an Anthem

| February 26, 2018

If you ain’t from around here, you probably won’t know how many tweaks and revisions the national anthem of Canada — O Canada — has undergone since it was first performed, as a French poem set to music, on 24 June 1880. As with any popular patriotic song, it went through a series of translations, […]

Long Story Short

| February 5, 2018

I had cause this morning to reflect on how often I begin a statement with the words, “Nothing annoys me more than ….” As it turns out, a great many things annoy me, and they all appear to be vying for the position of top dog.

Mud, Rightly Considered

| January 14, 2018

Our title today paraphrases G. K. Chesterton’s observation that, “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” The poem was inspired by a combination of current meteorological realities here in Nova Scotia, and some reading I’ve been doing on daily life of British and Commonwealth soldiers in […]

Meanwhile, in Nova Scotia

| January 4, 2018

Nova Scotia is currently swaying like a drunken sailor under an assortment of winter storm warnings including snowfall warning, heavy rainfall warning, extreme wind warning, and storm surge warning. Mostly rain in our area, falling on frozen ground leading to nearly instant ice formation on paved surfaces. Winds are expected to increase in intensity through […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2017 Edition: Day 8

| December 28, 2017

“As to Human kind, Winter will bring challenges at the end of which the result will lie on a spectrum ranging from the greatest of joys to the gravest of sorrows, and in this it stands as no different from any other aspect of life but for bearing a greater degree of urgency and inexorable […]

Wringing Out the Trolls

| December 1, 2017

Today we welcome the month of December with a poem about Trolls. Why the hell not? Taken from The Unquestionably Fanciful Booke of Worlde Historie which has been relentlessly hammered upon my literary anvil for at least the past nine months, and based on Troll lore I once had verbally related to me, Wringing Out […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 25: Hags Assorted

| October 25, 2017

“It was during the middle years of my childhood that there was an influx of Newfoundlanders to my home town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Most of those I got to know were fishermen who had come from the remote and disadvantaged “outports” to make their fortune working on the deep sea trawler fleet that sailed […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 22: French Roast

| October 22, 2017

As I’ve previously written, “The Tuareg, so called “Blue Men of the Desert” are a nomadic herding people of the Sahara. They like their coffee: Black as the Devil, Strong as Death, Sweet as Love, And hot as Hell. “This pronouncement has always spoken to me because pretty much everything I appreciate in life fits […]

If You’re Going to Play, Play. Don’t Play. (Revisited for the 78th time)

| April 22, 2017

Today’s title is taken from the vast body of sage advice that flows from the mind, pen, and lips of Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman; a treasured Friend to whom I have referred here on many occasions, and will again. I invite you to peruse and reflect on these representative pieces from the LFM Archives that […]