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Bushparty, Great Slave Lake

Caught out in a north
widening, with the wind,
between two skins
of earth and dark sky,
everyone is drunk,

there is no way
home except the swaying
back of a pick
up, cold road a black
brushstroke the truck
smudges with accidental
brakes, marks of
tire treads.

Now and then
through hair blown in
your eyes, through
swerving bodies
breaths, sour clouds
of beer and sick,

the sky leans in
to kiss your way, wears
your path home in pink
northern light, a trace
of lipstick
on its starred black cheek.