Why do we have to go down this narrow minded, hate-filled, route of murky, divisive politics of us vs them, right vs left, Canadian vs Canadian? And how it’s always politicians (of all shades), who cause these silly divisions?

Yes, we have differing opinions and beliefs (Is this not what it means to be human?), but it doesn’t give anyone the right to be hateful and put their interest above others.

For so long Canada was a beacon in the world because of our acceptance of multiculturalism and the rainbows of humanity. But the politicians came along and tore this to shreds, believing it was the right thing to do.

My Canada is not perfect, but she is a place of enchantment and beauty and acceptance and inclusion. Let us, together, keep her that way.



invited to a friend’s party

comes the butterflies
nerves of a wallflower
at a school dance
again, once more
onto the breach
dear friends
heart and mind
sensitivities and logic
at the door
bombastic welcome
hi and hi and hi and hi
wading a cordial minefield towards
sanctuary of a corner
listen, watch, observe
funny, profound, joyous anecdotes
a few words rejoined
the jaw stony
the wits blustery, oh
an admiring regard
gregarious chums
riotous glee, laughter
unabashed, complete participation
till, till
the alchemy, intoxicants
softens, melts brick
allowing greater participation
a tender balance, as copious
tallies, ushers despair
too little, a corner never
oh a craving, hunger, desire
to partake in
festivities thoroughly
eventually, swamped
inundated, overwhelmed
goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
a return to home’s refuge


poem and picture (c) 2015 by DC Lessoway