This piece was selected to be part of Hello, Neighbour, a community engagement project that takes six pieces of writing from residents of Toronto, and uses them as inspiration for six new works by local artists.
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SCARBOROUGH BLUFFS by Sheila Bello
walls insulated with layers
of timeless geological intrigue
towering above the lakeshore
where rocks of different shapes,
hues and sizes are heaped together
or lie loosely scattered on the sand,
rocks that have rolled down
when they were dislodged
then eased out from
their beds in the earth
by rain and melting snow
before settling in the sand
on Lake Ontario’s Scarborough shoreline
where they are bathed by waves
that ebb and flow rhythmically,
where ducks quack with delight
while they swim for fun
or search for food, where
birds squeak with excitement
as they perform gymnastics in the air
to the delight of people on the ground.
And I, a frequent visitor here
when alerted by electronic
or nature’s clock
that it is time to leave
this mesmerising place,
am soothed by the knowledge
that I will soon be back
in Bluffer’s Park
at the Scarborough Bluffs.