CANADA

October 20, 2017
By , South Riding, VA

6 black perfect letters
Evenly spaced
Marching heads held high
As good soldiers do
Across the candy red
That their backdrop is
C A N A D A

Wait,
Red?
Red is the backpack
Of that kid who stands out
crimson blood lost
When small knees are scraped
A scarlet Rose
gifted with love

But Canada?

Canada is the mist from Niagara falls
Snowflakes,
And Frozen lakes
hockey skates
And pearly gates


But Canada is more
A Red uniformed knight
Badge proudly pinned
A red leaf on white
That flaps in the wind

Maybe Canada is
White and Red
Jacques Cartier and John Cabot
Catholic and Protestant
French and English


White and Red
The red of blood
The white of bone

In their flag they show
What the map will never know
They are
White and Red
They are Canada






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