One Wide Sky
by Susan Ioannou
(Quebec Referendum, October 30, 1995)
Whose words are so sharp and shiny
when shore to shore
and mountains and plains are alive
This restless swinging is nothing new.
Evergreen, still our roots hold
Side by side, snow and ice link us. We lean
Our own spring births healthy seedlings
and summer fans out ever more ancient rings.
--why, tough as Canadian Shield, we long
and sing Mon Pays is our heartwood
Reprinted from Where the Light Waits (Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, B.C., 1996)
Widely published in literary magazines across Canada, Susan Ioannou is the author of Clarity Between Clouds (Goose Lane Editions, 1991), Where the Light Waits (Ekstasis Editions, 1996) and the children's novel A Real Farm Girl (Hodgepog Books, 1998).
for more info visit:
-University of Toronto Library Web site of Canadian Poets