Flâneur (Josh Sherman)

They say taking walks

is good for one’s 

mental health

Yeah, the tonic of sun 

and air

is salubrious,

they say

So every day

I force myself out,

cut through the forest,

take the path

along the ravine

I recommend evenings

for walks

when the sky 

is sherbet,

and the water 

trickles delicately,

like something


(or expensive)

By the time I reach

the clearing

where the ravine feeds


into a sewer 


it’s twilight,

and I’m already 

feeling renewed

From here,

it’s only a few hundred metres

to the liquor store


Josh Sherman is a Toronto-based writer. Follow him on Twitter at @joshxsherman. 


image: MM Kaufman