OUR CANA­DIAN FLAG ALONG DETROIT’S SHORE

Windsor Star - - CELEBRATING WINDSOR’S 125TH& CANADA’S 150TH -

For Peter Hrastovec

By Marty Ger­vais

If you stand still you will hear its faint voice born in win­ter com­mo­tion, in smoky par­ti­san com­mit­tee rooms sprawl­ing au­di­to­ri­ums Le­gion halls, and hal­lowed par­lia­men­tary cor­ri­dors from the 1960s

You will hear all the good all the bad, all the ev­ery­where out­cry That was just a lit­tle of us for­ever try­ing to make sense of his­tory, tra­di­tion … and po­lit­i­cal ego

But its voice was clear even then— Let’s do the right thing Let’s do it now Let’s hear me sing A half cen­tury later we sport two broad red bor­ders like strong shoul­ders sym­met­ri­cal and straight and proud hug­ging a sin­gle leaf

And here along this river we might call this a map of any­where where the leaf flut­ters over water in a peace­ful ge­og­ra­phy of cou­pling soli­tudes

I can’t help but hear its song call­ing This is ours, that is yours I’ll let you see me now Across the dis­tant shores

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