• William I. Atkinson

For My Parents on Their Thirtieth Anniversary

What is a mark in time but reckoning of it? Each anniversary carries in a small black pouch Strapped to its belt, a slight reminder That we all are mortal. Our great grandfather clock Ticks aural counterpart of sleek mahogany and polished brass As if to say, with gravity: MEMENTO TU IPSE MORTALIS ES.


We smile; the ghosts, while not dispersed, assume A kindlier countenance; and grouping now In twos and threes with ghostly champagne glasses Broken long ago – Do I discern our own visages In their farthest rows? – toast you as do I: To longer years of laughter-loving life.

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Faculty of Graduate Studies - York University, Toronto

National Speakers' Bureau / Global Speakers' Agency: Keynote addresses - Sarasota, San Francisco, Montréal &c

Novelist (Sun's Strong Immortality, River Under Rain, Tommy &c)

Frequent contributor, Toronto Globe & Mail

Dalhousie University Prix d'Excellence

30 Best Business Books (Nanocosm)

Finalist, Canadian Science Writers' Award (Nanocosm)

Finalist, National Business Book Award (Prototype)

© 2019 by William Illsey Atkinson.

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