doug bentley


A Canadian's Poem (2)


O! Canada!
30 some million
supremely

arrogant souls
who know best
what is best
for the rest of us

all 7,000+ million or so.
o i know

interest rates,
the tax regime,
health care costs
come first-


are we ready to admit
our riches are embarrassment

in world that's slum
and poverty norm?

in such a global village
the very concept of culture
is a belly-jolting joke!
so


gullible reader
curled up in comfy chair
waiting

for poetry's affable spirit
to enwrap and awe you-

i'm sorry. you've stumbled
on wrong word-magician here.

now look me square in eye
i've something to whisper-

(give up the ghost)

there are fates far more final
than physical death; of that
let this be proof-

search your heart.


3/ february 19,2012

Submitted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Edited: Monday, April 14, 2014

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