Monday, July 1, 2013

Canada, My Canada

(I do have a couple more posts about Camping with Eddie, but in keeping with tradition, I offer my annual tribute to Canada using some of my  favourite photos from the past twelve months).  

Canada, my Canada,

Where there is space to explore,
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forests to hike,
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secluded lakes to discover,
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shorelines to wander,
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parks to enjoy,
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tree lined rivers,
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and boardwalks by oceans.
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Canada, my Canada,

Where one can walk or bike this mighty land
on the 23,000 km Trans Canada Trail,
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Or kayak its lakes and oceans,
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Or go for a drive in the country,
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or visit a street market,
all in one day.
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Canada, my Canada,

where we gather with friends,
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to sing and make music,
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and to laugh with delight,
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and to play with abandon.
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Canada, my Canada,


where none need go hungry
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if we all work together.
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Canada, my Canada,

Where the youngest
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and smallest
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of all kinds of species
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To the oldest among us,
We all have our worth.
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And the quiet
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and the noisy
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Can all have their say.
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Canada, my Canada,

where the birds
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of all colours
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and sizes
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and habitats,
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and the bees
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and the flowers
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bring us joy
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neverending.
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Canada, my Canada, 

Where we look up to family
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And show them we care.
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Canada, my Canada,
Where the tired can find rest
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And when we're at the end of our rope
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Someone will stand with us,
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Protect us,
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And listen to us.
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Canada, my Canada,


Whether in large urban centres
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Or out in the country,
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On a ranch on the prairies
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Or in a tent by the ocean,
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We are proud to be Canadian
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And our ship has come in.
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Treasure the life this country offers.
Look for its goodness, and contribute to it too.
It is ours for the taking, but also for the giving,
And we must protect it, the land and each other.
Happy Canada Day







12 comments:

King said...

Happy Canada Day Aunty Jean
Your poem and photos put a warm glow in our hearts.

Stay safe
Hugs, lick 'n tail wags
King and Pack

Anonymous said...

Wow Jean, that says it all. Fabulous post. Happy Canada Say fr Bev, Pearl, C and C and Cece!

Anonymous said...

You got me, Jean...thanks so very much for expressing your love (our love) for our beautiful country. Now I need a tissue!

barb and the furry ones

Anonymous said...

You outdid yourself again Jean. What a beautiful post.
Happy Canada Day.

Else

Anonymous said...

That was so beautiful! Thank you, Jean.

And a very happy Canada Day to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a beautiful tribute to Canada. I'm going to send this on.
Wendy

CAPB said...

Oh Jean! What an amazing set of photographs, and what an awesome tribute to Canada. Incredible. Thank you for sharing them with us!! I love them all.

Sheryl said...

Lovely, absolutely lovely!

Anonymous said...

Covered from coast to coast. A perfect tribute.

Marie said...

An absolutely beautiful posting of our country, thanks so much Jean.

Brigid said...

Awesome pics - thanks so much, Jean

Anonymous said...

Lovely thanks for sharing and reminding how very beautiful this country and all its creatures are!