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ALBERTA’S BIG SKY CANOLA FIELDS SUMMER 2013

ALBERTA'S BIG SKY CANOLA FIELDS SUMMER 2013

As far as the eye can see…canola fields blanket the land like patchwork quilting…and over all, the indefatigable big sky of Alberta…

IN PRAISE OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT

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I am a pacifist if truth be told

And as such find war hard to bear

But yearning for peace and being

Against war does not mean I do not

Support those who fight for me

Who go to war and fight to keep

The country I live in free and my

Way of living a just, democratic way

 

While I will fight to keep the peace

And keep those I love from having

To take up arms to defend me

And my way of life, or this country

Again, it does not mean I cannot

Appreciate the many deaths that have

Occurred in the cause of freedom

Nor honour those who’ve fallen

 

This day is not the day my country

Sets aside to memorialize our war dead

But living as we do, so close to you—

Your larger-than-life country, mourning

Your war heroes in all their resplendent,

Glory, it is hard not to become affected

By your enthusiastic patriotism, your zeal

And grieve your losses with you genuinely

And even this dove can do just that …

 

S.E.Ingraham©