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Topic: Canada (01/29/09)
TITLE: A Wayfarer's Canadian Anthem
By Sharlyn Guthrie
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They’re 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,
I’m feeling mighty sick.
O, Dramamine, come quick!
O Canada! Your cities buzz with life—
museums, shopping, restaurants, nightlife—
(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 I’ve been exiled;
cumbersome pack upon my back
while path grows winding, steep
for miles before I sleep.
O Canada! I’ve 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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