The Adirondack Review
Discordia Concors pt 2.   

My newborn grand son lies naked
on his back kicking
no doubt against the pricks
who brought him here to Canada

conceived in Ghana
he had the right to that soil
cassava & yam, mango & fish
not the Macdonalds Big Mac
Tim Hortons or Colonel Sanders
or farmed coho salmon
he has found here at birth

a concors discordia of blood and genes
and yet he is Canadian born
Registered 5.43 am 6lb 4 oz
Friday, February 15, 2008
Nanaimo Regional Hospital 

also our only grandson
multiple grafted
he carries  on his small back
the weight and mix of blood and names
Malcom Nyhira Kofi Roberts


Malcolm the small Scot blood
named for my dead brother
Roberts the Cornish Celt
Immigrants to
Truro Copper Mines, South Australia
and a Greek Grandmother to boot

Kofi as a Friday child
Nyhira in Gar
as Blessed by God

I have crossed his palms with silver
hung on his bassinet a maple leaf flag
a Canuck’s Orca cap and a toy kangaroo

wish the rest of his journey
full of times as rich and interesting
as his wagon load provenance
of heritage and names.





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DR. KEVIN ROBERTS is an Australian/Canadian writer currently teaching English and Creative Writing at Vancouver Island University. He has published 10 books of poetry in England, Australia and Canada.
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems