YYC POP: Poetic Portraits of Poetry, a Sheri-D Wilson Laureate Project


– Jules Daniels

was three
singing softly when the bad things began

don’t look away

was fourteen
and drunk and high and well
but she fought him and
flailed and clipped and clawed and then ran

don’t look away

was freezing
white throated
black eyed
when a car crept into
the blue bathed snowbank
she got in
got warm sold sin survived

don’t look away

look at her

her courage as she fills out the card
her strength as she struggles to
her grace she puffs her
feather hair from her face
fumbles to her seat this program will hurt so
hard but heal her heart beating fast she’s
a woman
with amber flecked eyes
crying and finally feeling and
now she’s flying free

Jules Daniels

I have been a Calgarian for over 15 years, during which time I’ve been honoured to support many in overcoming adverse circumstances, both as a teacher and a volunteer. I am proud to live in a place that cares about these beautiful, resilient people. I also love tramping up into Nose Hill, bike riding along the Bow, and seeing the mountains as I come over the crest of Shaganappi Trail.