This is a place where time is thin — you feel it
approaching in the car down Aulac Road.

Grey skies hover over the sullen landscape
magnetic with sorrow and dread.

Here the shattering began, the separation,
scattering across the wide Atlantic.

From the hilltop, below the power lines, you see
green fields sloping toward Tantramar Marsh,

oppressive silence hovering in the air,
tightening your chest, and your head swims

with memories your own yet not your own —
pain, loss, sensation of sheer terror

at what is to come and what soon will pass,
all things that happened centuries ago.

Now, you pace the battlements, examine old stone
for some visible trace of disquiet,

uncertain if stone can speak, or if the sea
floods your mind with the incoming tide.

Paul Robichaud

Paul Robichaud’s poems and essays on modern poetry have appeared in print and
online journals in North America and the UK, including The Hudson Review and Agenda. He
was born and raised in Toronto, where his father’s family moved from New Brunswick in the
1950s. His recent poems explore forgotten and suppressed aspects of Acadian history and their
relationship to his own family’s historical experience. He is the author, most recently, of the non-
fiction book "Pan: The Great God's Modern Return" (Reaktion, 2021). Paul currently lives in
Connecticut, where he teaches English at Albertus Magnus College.