our home and native land,
True patriot love
in all of us, in every single one of us, command.
No matter who we are or where we, or our ancestors, come from,
may we all be proud of this country in which we live.
And no matter where we live or work,
In rural communities,
By the ocean or mountains,
Or in urban centres,
May we celebrate your natural beauty, oh Canada!
Through the dark of night,
And the light of day,
And in sun,
And on beaches,
whether rugged coast,
High in the mountains
or down in the valleys,
on trails through your tapestry of natural parks and protected lands, Oh Canada,
The beauty of your trees and flowers
Of animals and birds and butterflies,
Of creeks and lakes and marsh and field
Never fails to astound us.
And whether we're on the move, unsure where we'll end up
Or confident we are home to stay
Whether we're flying high
Or thoroughly grounded,
Sticking our neck out,
or much more laid back,
May we love this land. It is our home.
You are a country where little kids can dream big,
And even when we get knocked down
Or irritated for a while,
We bounce right back, and welcome others to play.
And though we might sometimes want to stick out our tongue at the world
or hope that no one sees us,
or face an uphill stretch,
we carry on with pride.
For how can a nation of people crazy enough to swim in January
not help each other to take the plunge,
to move forward together,
to help each other out?
Whether we're serious
or blissfully joyful,
caught up for the moment,
or even in a flap,
We can find tranquility in nature,
And joy in life itself
At any time of year.
We have many artistic abilities,
But Nature is our greatest artist of all.
We are a nation of diversity, all shapes and sizes,
and no matter what colour we are
or what or whom we worship,
We can share a cup of tea
Or cuddle with a friend ,
For when we care about each other, all species, and our environment,
And laugh at ourselves and with others
We Canadians have something to crow about
And we can step into the future with courage
and dance like nobody's watching
because we have an amazing country, filled with amazing people and places and life.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise
the true north strong and free
We stand on guard, Oh Canada
we stand on guard for thee
Glorious and free!
(c) 2016, Jean Ballard