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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Canada (01/29/09)

TITLE: A Wayfarer's Canadian Anthem
By Sharlyn Guthrie
02/04/09


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O Canada! Your highways stretch for miles.
Theyíre threatening our over-eager smiles.
We fear the road shall never end;
but just when we are sure,
our guide begins the tour.

O Canada! Across your prairies wide
I feel a rhythmic rocking side to side.
As grasses wave and breezes blow,
Iím feeling mighty sick.
O, Dramamine, come quick!

O Canada! Your cities buzz with lifeó
museums, shopping, restaurants, nightlifeó
(best seen in summertime, of course).
Your fashion, culture, art
are modern, hip, and smart.

O Canada! Your famous people shine.
Kurt Browning and Wayne Gretzky skate so fine.
Shania, Keanu, Celine
are but a dazzling few
who tip their hats to you.

O Canada! Your wilderness is wild,
and there I feel as if Iíve been exiled;
cumbersome pack upon my back
while path grows winding, steep
for miles before I sleep.

O Canada! Iíve glimpsed your creatures fierce:
brown bears and loons whose cries my eardrums pierce,
your fearsome goose and mighty moose.
Mosquitoes large as crows
eat me right through my clothes.

O Canada! Your rivers and your streams
run clearer than the visions in my dreams.
I pray before I take a drink
that parasites are dead
and no moose there have tread.

O Canada! O Canada!
O Canada! Forgive this tribute lame
O Canada! I love you all the same.


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Lynda Schultz 02/05/09
Those last three lines are priceless!
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/06/09
Your humorous asides in this special tribute make this poem delightful.
Seema Bagai 02/07/09
I loved the humor in this poem.
Joanne Sher 02/09/09
So very fun and clever - and yes, that last stanza is PRICELESS. Love it!
Karlene Jacobsen 02/09/09
I loved it! Fun to read!
Catrina Bradley 02/09/09
Sounds like this traveler poet likes the city life much better than the wide open spaces. ;) A fun read, thanks for the smile.
Shirley McClay 02/10/09
I am not usually a poetry fan but this is great! Lots of fun and very easy to read.
Jan Ackerson 02/10/09
Witty and charming!