Compass May 22

Compass May 22

A Poem by philforwordsnow

When travelling last year I looked at the news on that day, this is the result of what I read.


 compass may 22


in the east

rain drenched farmers slide out onto their fields

their faith growing low

as low as their yields


in the west

alberta fires in chuckegg creek are out of control

whilst the man who pedalled cocaine

gets released early on parole


in the north

a missing woman called skye has just been found

but in a bay on a Manitoba first nation

a four year old boy has tragically drowned


in the south

yorkton students learn about lockdown and hold and secure

so sad that these are the things

our kids now need to endure


so whilst a compass rose

underpins a visiting travellers prose

a simple needle swing

from diversity to adversity

from rich to poor

 these are the swings

at peril we ignore


“from far and wide o Canada we stand on guard for thee

God keep our land glorious and free”


© 2020 philforwordsnow

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Added on February 25, 2020
Last Updated on February 25, 2020
Tags: #poetry, #canadian poetry, #nova scotian poetry, #writing, #canadian writing



Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Phil is British but moved to Nova Scotia in 2017 after escaping from a career in global insurance. He is pursuing a love of poetry, and photography. He is also learning to play the piano, still dreams.. more..

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A Poem by philforwordsnow