by Carolyne Van Der Meer

There are men in my house today They unload glass panes and aluminum frames, ladders, saws, crowbars and lime-coloured insulation, some noxious spray that makes new windows

glide with ease The men, though, they do not glide but stomp and push

force and grunt old windows out push new ones in

surround them with pristine frames, white and glistening Someone recently told me women use 10,000 words a day Men use only half

These men use no words take their noise, and leave a sparkling clarity of view echo of the unsaid

Carolyne Van Der Meer is a Montreal journalist and editor who is completing her Ph.D. dissertation in Canadian literature at Université de Montréal. Her poetry has been published in Helios and Bibliosofia (Italy) and is forthcoming in Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme.