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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 

 



Submitted Love Letters

I love my MB sunsets!

Diversity

My Memories of Manitoba Moments

LEST WE FORGET! MANITOBA ❤️

Made in Manitoba

Love the lake

Manitoba, why I love thee.

Patricia Beach Provincial Beach

Killarney Drive-in theatre

Harvest season

Summer outdoor markets

SUNSHINE FACES!

Dear Manitoba, I love you

I'll always be a Flatlander

Ode to a prairie province

Friendly Manitoba

Fishing/Boating

Changing seasons

Outdoor Patios

Walking/biking/jogging paths

Libraries

Rainy Manitoba Day

Community Gardens

Fishing Trips

Manitoba Road Trips

MANITOBA MOON!

MANITOBA MOON

Love my MB parks!

Love my MB bridges

The Heart of Manitoba

Love Manitoba

Skinner’s in Lockport

Dear Manitoba

The community spirit flourishes

Grateful Heart!

Cool Bridges

Mocha Ice cream summer delight!

Lady Lake Winnipeg

Fresh Manitoba Vegetables

Mini golfing!

Golfing in Riding Mountain National Park!

Triathlon Community!

Fat Biking in the Winter Months!

Winter Running!

White-Out Parties!

Canoeing at Victoria Beach

Canada Day at The Forks!

Fort Whyte!

Go Bombers!

Cirque du Soleil!

The murals around the city of Winnipeg

Deer in my own backyard!

Lakehouse Restaurant

Clear Lake skating trails

Snow-shoeing in the winter in Manitoba!

Skiing at Assessippi!

Beautiful winter weather!

Go Jets Go!

Celebrating Festival du Voyageur!

Pineridge Hollow & Bird's Hill

Walking the Trails

Grand Beach

Manitoba Sunsets

Golfing

Hiking in the Whiteshell

Prairie Road Running

Swimming in St. Malo

Cycling in Riding Mountain National Parl

Love My MB

Cycling to New Bothwell for some cheese!

Spending time at The Forks!

Food at The Commons!

My own backyard

Staycation at Inn at the Forks

Beauty in Manitoba

Love you Manitoba!

To my province,

Bird's Hill Park

St. Norbert

Golfing in Manitoba

ManyFest

Beautiful Gardens

Bless this Garden!

Kiwi Anyone?

Glorious SUNset on July 25th

Motorcycling down the Highway!

The Secret to Sals!

Winnipeg's GWWD Gas Car

To my love, Manitoba, and Osborne Village, I adore you

To my darling Portage And Main, how I love thee more than any other place!

Lovely Lakes!

My life in Manitoba

"Memories Show and Shine" - people supporting people

Bois Des Esprits

Winter Skiing

Manitoba Family...

Stunning places

Wishing For Winter

Thank you for your kindness

Beautiful rainbow over the city

Surreal Beauty

Beautiful, any temperature!

Beautiful sunset over the Red River

Home made stewed tomatoes!

sunset over the red

BDI

Fort Garry Love

Run Community in Manitoba

Winnipeg Police Service Run!

Cabane à sucre de St-Pierre-Jolys

Go Jets Go!

Manitoba Marathon!

Winter Running

Winter Skates at The Forks

Assessippi Adventures!

Land of beautiful sunsets

KEEN TO LIVE & LOVE MANITOBA CANADA

MBCI Grad 10 Art Class - Rebecca

MBCI -  Grade 11-Art class - Kelly

Lovely Manitoba

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 3 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 2 of 2)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 1 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 1 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary Grade 7/8 (Post 2 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary: Grade: 7/8 Class (Post 1 of 2)

The love of Clear Lake

"Cher Manitoba" par Isaiah - École Saint-Lazare 9e année

MBCI Grade 7 Art - Emerson Penner

Elmwood High School

Maryland Park School

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 3 of 3)

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 2 of 3)

Grant Park High School - Grade 7/8 SS - Post 1 of 3

St. Paul's Collegiate (Elie, MB)

Manitoba

Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Grade 8 Art - Kyla Kisil

Manitoba

Cher Manitoba: Une lettre amicale de la classe 5/6B de Ecole St Malo School

Birthday Cards to Manitoba

Elwick Community School Grade: 7/8 

Mrs. Smith

Ashern Early Years School Grade 4

École Sun Valley School - Need a Knee?

École Sun Valley School - Egg on Wheels

École Sun Valley School - Canadian Oil

École Sun Valley School - Start Your Engines

École Sun Valley School - The Facts About the Fax

École Sun Valley School - Garbage bag

École Sun Valley School

École Sun Valley School - Snowmobile

Spongee

Tundra Buggy

Elmwood High School Grade 12

Frontenac School ART 5/6 2021

Thank you

How Do I love you.......Let me count the ways

A distant province, a longing heart

My love of country life

Manitoba's Beauty, Art, Culture, Agriculture and History

Clear Lake

Natural Beauty

Beautiful peaceful Manitoba

Community

A Hallmark Love Story

Farming Manitoba

Wonderful Wildlife

Home Sweet Home

Manitoba's Best Kept Secret

MANITOBA'S MAGIC!

RACHEL and Logan

Love my Manitoba

The Caves Trail

Manitoba skies

Forever

Kinosao Lake Trail memories

Love for Lake Audy