HOME  :   JOURNAL  :   BLOG  :   LITERARY  :   BOOKSHOP  :   SELF-PUBLISHING IMPRINT

Placeholder image

JACQUELINE TURNER


a canadian poem


a canadian poem would
mention hockey, even
if the players are on
strike

a canadian poem would
be excesssively polite,
even obsequious

a canadian poem would
wonder why you were
reading it, when there
are so many other
poems to read

a canadian poem would
be bilingual, mais ma
français, c’est
mauvaise

a canadian poem would
be emblazoned on a
backpack, as if to say
this is not an american
poem

a canadian poem would
try to keep the peace
a canadian poem would
take a long time to
apologize for Indian
residential schools,
Japanese internment
camps, Chinese head
tax

a canadian poem would
be quiet

a canadian poem would
incessantly discuss
Quebec sovereignty:
oui ou non

a canadian poem would
say no to joining the
war in Iraq

a canadian poem would
be multicultural
speaking at least 73
different languages

a canadian poem might
not notice the loss of
some 50 aboriginal
languages because the
only native speakers
are dying

a canadian poem might
mention elementary
school classes all taught
in shuswap

a canadian poem could
marry another canadian
poem even if that
poem was the same
gender

this is a canadian poem

a canadian poem would
be long like the
transcanada highway

a canadian poem would
be flat like the prairies

a canadian poem would
be huge like the
rockies

this is not a canadian
poem

a canadian poem would
challenge stereotypes
by saying canadian
poems don’t always
wear toques

a canadian poem would
fit in your pocket

a canadian poem is
impossible

a canadian poem would
wonder if people were
making fun of it behind
its back

you might think a
canadian poem would
end each line with, eh?
like that’s such a
canadian poem, eh?
but you’d be so wrong

the last line of a
canadian poem would
always be thank you,
thank you for noticing