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Love Letters to Manitoba


Ode to the Manitoba Sky

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A friend, who once passed through the prairies, says to me
 "It's cold and flat."
 
I've noticed, though opinion varies, many folks will tell you that.
 
While sat across my friend at teatime, slowly filling up my cup,
I ask,  before I take a sip,
“But did you bother looking up?
 
“For if you had” I tell them sweetly
"nowhere else could quite compare,
no other place can so completely craft a painting out of air.
And if you watched the colours dance, you'd know just why the legends say,
that merely but a single glance could take a person’s breath away.
For even 'neath the darkest cloud, when all the sun seems out of sight,
the soft horizon says aloud,
'Look on! I've still a gentle light’.”
 
My friend laughs "Oh, it's no offence and I suppose that may be true,
but with an emptiness so dense, what say, does just a sunset do?"
 
"But that’s the magic!"
 
I exclaim, as passion in me overflows.
 
"The emptiness, as you so name, is where the beauty really shows!
The breadth of all that ‘nothing’ brings, does settle full within your heart,
a depth that so dissolves all ‘things’ begins to pull your seams apart.
And as what you've unraveled drifts and blends into the endless night,
all blue, and grey, and gold exists within you with an equal light.
 
A merry glow that can't be taught by ‘something’ there to catch your eye,
the prairie knows what man forgot,
The valley is where mountains lie.
Amazing in its simple grace, arresting with no need to own,
it brings you calmly to its pace, and leaves you with yourself alone-"
 
"Alright, okay," my friend says fast, as patience in them clearly wains.
"I promise to observe the 'vast' but let this be your last refrain."
 
"Someday" they say "but not tonight" with prompt attention to their tea,
"Yes, I admit you might be right, still...flat and cold is not for me."
 
And so, I see to let it go,  with love and quiet knowing that:
A sky so free can only grow above a land so cold and flat.

Eliza 

 



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Wonderful Wildlife

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Astounding Aikens Lake

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First Sign of Spring

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Manitoba Multiculturalism

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Clear Lake Love

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