We are more

Keeping with the post Olympic theme from the last post, it is essential to include the slam poet Shane Koyczan. I’m sure this poem didn’t make a pivotal difference, but along with everything else that went well for Canadians during the games, it is sure nice to take these words with us in memory.

The brilliance of Canadian slam poet Shane Koyczan:
We Are More

Define Canada.
You might say the home of The Rocket or The Great One
who inspired little 9’s and little number 99’s
But we’re more than hockey and fishing lines
off the rocky coast of the Maritimes
and some say what defines us is something as simple as
‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’
and as for “You’re Welcome” – well, we say that too
But we are more than genteel and civilized
we are an idea in the process of being realized
we are young
we are a culture strung together, then woven
into a tapestry
and the design is what makes us
more than the sum totals
of our history
we are an experiment going right for a change
with influences that range from ‘A’ to ‘Zed’
and yes, we say ‘zed’ instead of ‘zee’
we are the colors of Chinatown, the coffee of Little Italy
we dream so big
that there are some that would call our ambition
an industry
because we are vineyards
of good year after good year
we reforest what we clear
because we believe
in generations beyond our own
knowing now that so many of us have grown past what we used to be
we can stand here today
filled with all the hope people have
when they say things like,
‘Someday…’
because we are more than a laundry list of
things to do and places to see
more than hills to ski and countryside ponds to skate
we are the abandoned hesitation
of all those who can’t wait
we are first-rate greasy spoon diners and healthy-living cafes
a country
that is all the ways you choose to live
a nation
that can give you variety
because we are choices
we are millions upon millions of voices shouting
‘Keep exploring’
we are more
we are the surprise the world has in store for you
it’s true
Canada is the ‘What’ in ‘What’s New’
so don’t let your luggage define your travels, each life
unravels differently
and experiences are
what make up the colors of our tapestry
we are
The True North Strong and Free
and what’s more
is that we didn’t just say it –
we made it be

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