Bruce McRae

Pause for Thought

Watching evening eat itself.
Nursing a harsh liquor.
Thinking of Nietzsche’s moustache
and what a piece of work is man.

In my unenforced solitude
I consider the soul of the fly,
no larger than a poppy seed
and as black as a Sunday hat.

The fly in its wretched paradise
of rotting fruit and corpses.
Battlefields its relished nirvana.
Valhalla down a sewer.


Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician currently residing on Salt Spring Island BC, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with over 1,400 poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and North American Review. His books are The So-Called Sonnets (Silenced Press), An Unbecoming Fit of Frenzy (Cawing Crow Press), Like As If (Pski’s Porch) and Hearsay (The Poet’s Haven).