Wednesday, February 17, 2010

An Olympic Poem

Thought that this poem from the opening ceremony was so novel, it was worth repeating a bit of it here:

"...but we are more

than genteel or civilized

we are an idea in the process

of being realized

we are young

we are cultures strung together

then woven into a tapestry

and the design

is what makes us more

than the sum total of our history

we are an experiment going right for a change

with influences that range from a to zed

and yes we say zed instead of zee

we are the colours of Chinatown and the coffee of Little Italy

we dream so big that there are those

who would call our ambition an industry

because we are more than sticky maple syrup and clean snow

we do more than grow wheat and brew beer

we are vineyards of good year after good year

we reforest what we clear

because we believe in generations beyond our own

knowing now that so many of us

have grown past what used to be

we can stand here today

filled with all the hope people have

when they say things like "someday"

someday we'll be great

someday we'll be this

or that

someday we'll be at a point

when someday was yesterday

and all of our aspirations will pay the way

for those who on that day

look towards tomorrow

and still they say someday

we will reach the goals we set

and we will get interest on our inspiration

because we are more than a nation of whale watchers and lumberjacks..."

Read the full version of "We are more" by Shane Koyczan


GC (God's Child) said...

I didn't think you were only whale watchers and lumberjacks;
somebody has to ride with the Mounties

SimplEnigma said...

LOL @ GC. Lumberjacks...aren't they a dying breed? Ah, zed...

I haven't watched any of the Winter Olympics this year, but I certainly wish someone would Teach Usain Bolt how to speed skate. LOL.

Ruthibelle said...

lol@SE... yes, we say zed