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Poet’s Corner: True North Unfree

by Karina Licursi November 19, 2013
Poet’s Corner: True North Unfree

“The true north strong and free,” they say

Remove these shackles from history

To prove just how free we are

You see wealth and victory

All I see are scars

And broken memories of what we used to be

 

We were the ones that found solutions

To start the revolutions

Now all we do is gasp

Becoming kettled in the past

Where the female body means the kitchen

And her mind is a threat

Where a young man’s hands are for ammunition

Instead of the love he hasn’t met

 

Someone told me, “We were the peacekeepers,”

The red and the white that carried the world

With Pearson and Dallaire dressed in blue

Now nothing is anew

From evolution to regression

In ’06, we elected the Great North’s depression

 

We were the ones that found solutions

To start the revolutions

Now true seekers have to be peacekeepers

The red and the white shuts an embassy

Where thirty-four million like you and me

Are frowned upon from one man’s so-called legacy

 

Someone told me, “Take a trip down east in a veil,

Where you can set sail,

To learn to be grateful where you’re from,”

You gave me a laugh, son

With our wealth and their greed

Our own is still in need

 

As Mother Earth is poisoned by selfish choices

And the media tries to censor the loudest voices

Now our concern is the unborn

While the living have to mourn

From loss of rights it’s time to choose

Like Janis sang,

“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”

 

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