Intrepid

Twenty Six Souls

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Intrepid

I stand on a bridge In Ajax, at Harwood and the highway
Onlookers in a crowd look eastward at the on-rushing traffic
Cars, trucks and a rambling train,
Against protocol the engineer sounds the horn
An older gent hands out mini-flags with a maple leaf the colour of blood
The sidewalk is filled with faces, brown, black and white - some looking blue from the cold.
Veterans bemedalled: police, men and women, firefighters.
An elderly man leaning unsteadily on his walker
Beside him, a young mother and child
The common "we".
Winter temperatures make us huddle a little closer to each other though the firetruck,
parked on the overpass, protects a few of us from the speeding wind.
Sirens wail below us, main beams light the way.
Black Cadillacs roll by, stretched limousines for the living, others carry the silent dead.
Above the motorcade, cold hands hold up fluttering flags
and wave at the entourage below.
Some with tears in their sad eyes.
Then Its over.
An impromptu commemoration for fallen soldiers, Royal Canadian Dragoons.
On the Highway of Heroes.
Pity. Some heroes have to die.

Copyright 2009 - John A. Raynard
   

When ... Then

When Icebergs, en masse, Journey towards the equator
When glaciers and icefields and snowcaps melt sooner rather than later
When sea levels rise, islands die with saltwater as the terminator
When acid rain makes marshland unfit for the frog and the alligator
When the air we breathe is so impure we have to use a respirator
When the water we drink has to be cleaned with a decontaminator
When food is grown with a carcinogenic chemical cultivator ...
Then, we will realise earth's demise with man as the facilitator

Copyright 2006 John A. Raynard
April 23, 2006
Rev.1

 

Iceberg

As anyone knows who has seen the movie “Titanic”, icebergs can be dangerous. They hide much of themselves from us. This painting also makes me think of the hidden depths of human beings. Ask any psychologist.

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