“Leap” by Jordan Chevalier

Before your
Sunday afternoons were made up of
removing a
blast of red wine
from a borrowed shirt;

Before your
Agrarian understanding of black
got you in for free;

Before you
sat outside an Anglican Church
in the snow
wondering if you’d ever get inside;

Before your
picture hung in the minds of
those who danced the same;

You looked at me in my one good eye,
before asking if the other one would be okay.

Jordan Chevalier is the former poetry editor of In/Words magazine, a small-press publication operating out of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He then chose to focus his efforts towards organizing a monthly reading series in Ottawa that welcomed writers such as Stephen Brockwell, Sandra Ridley and Dave Currie. He is currently working on his first chapbook.