She steps into the window.
caught on the edge of what is, is not,
she pauses: police cars speed to stop: blood on the sidewalk,
framed by lifeless dolls dressed in black,
icons of beauty;
she mourns what once was, she thought:
or maybe it was naught,
she does not know;
she hears a cacophony of voices, babble on the street,
in the window, she, a lifeless doll, is caught
by what is, is not;
memories of Molotov cocktails and soldiers,
kidnap and murder, October 1970,
home grown terrorists did not uproot Cohen's Suzanne from its core;
yet as past colors fade to sepia in the window of what is, is not
fresh blood, crimson against cerulean, slaps her;
a young girl of 17, stabbed in front of her,
and she who steps into the window becomes window girl;
she gasps, clutches hand to mouth, is shaken from her core,
she aches, in one last moment before freeze-frame;
as she steps forward to help,
she's caught on the edge of what is, is not:
she cannot move, trapped,
but not I
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This photo is of Ogilvie's Department Store in Montreal, 2007, which used to close each business day with Bagpipes. Ogilvie's now is primarily a collection of boutiques.
The reference to Molotov Cocktails, soldiers, October 1970, kidnap and murder is a reference to Quebec's October Crisis, when the FLQ (Front du Liberation pour Quebec) Quebec Liberation Front - kidnapped and killed Pierre Laporte and kidnapped British Trade Minister James Cross. Hundreds of solidiers were stationed in Montreal. It was a time of fear and violence.
Cohen's Suzanne is a reference to Leonard Cohen's song, Suzanne, the ultimate song about Montreal. (It is about Suzanne, too, but is also about Montreal).
The rest of this is a fictional construct.
Copyright © 2008 Kathryn Esplin-Oleski