The Canuck's Waltz

The Canuck's Waltz

A Poem by emipoemi

If you ask a Canuck from the east or the west
To say what makes Canada proud and unique,
They'll tell you the syrup they make is the best
With the passion they have for their country-

(Stretching from) Yukon through to Nova Scotia,
The Great White North harbours such wonder and glory!
From Charlottetown through to Vancouver-
From sea unto sea outlines Canada’s story! 

When the sun starts to sets, you'll fall into their ways 
Relaxed with a Mickey while watching ice hockey,
Adopting their after you’s, sorry’s, and eh
s
With the passion they have for their country-

(Stretching from) Yukon through to Nova Scotia,
The Great White North harbours such wonder and glory!
From Charlottetown through to Vancouver-
From sea unto sea outlines Canada’s story!

The summers are sultry, the winters are harsh,
But everyone’s steadfast and strong as a mountie
On tundra, on prairie, on mountain, or marsh
With the passion they have for their country-

(Stretching from) Yukon through to Nova Scotia,
The Great White North harbours such wonder and glory!
From Charlottetown through to Vancouver-
From sea unto sea outlines Canada’s story!

From Lake Winnipeg to Niagara Falls,
With fur pelts of beavers exchanged for a Loonie,
A bar in Nanaimo, bread in Montreal,
It’s the passion we have for our country-

(Stretching from) Yukon through to Nova Scotia,
The Great White North harbours such wonder and glory!
From Charlottetown through to Vancouver-
From sea unto sea outlines Canada’s story!
Charlottetown through to Vancouver-
From sea unto sea outlines Canada’s story!

-EDP (and https://electricarmchair.tumblr.com)


© 2017 emipoemi



Author's Note

emipoemi
I'm straying a bit from my original plan of going phase by phase of my poetic "career" in honour of Canada 150, and this is a recent collaboration I did with a friend of mine (whose verses are written in italics, and whose link is used as her credit). The tune is taken from Canadian folksong artist Wade Hemsworth's "The Log Driver's Waltz". Hope you enjoyed it.

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I would image the indigenous peoples in present day Canada (including the First Nations, Inuit and Métis) celebrated the occasion as a ‘Thanks Taking Day’! By the way – I was born in Kitchener, Ontario – so speak as a Canadian citizen – living in the UK!

Posted 3 Months Ago


Happy Canada 150! I'm a proud Canadian and enjoyed this poem very much so. That's cool that it's a collaboration. Thanks for sharing! Much love!

Posted 3 Months Ago


emipoemi

3 Months Ago

Thank you! Happy Canada 150 to you too! Glad you enjoyed the poem!
Gee

3 Months Ago

150, maaaaaaan, I have underpants older than that !!! Joking .
Happy birthday Canada

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Added on July 1, 2017
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