301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


Canadian Patch Job

We are the country that shunted whole peoples
onto fragments of their land,
took away their children,
interned those of Japanese descent in wartime,
clear-cut the planet’s safety valve
of temperate rainforests.
Now we force oil from sand,
export raw asbestos,
farm diseased salmon,
build accident-prone pipelines,
say no to Kyoto.

I used to travel the world
smug and reassured, fl aunting
my maple leaf fl ag-patched backpack.
I loathe hockey, love baby seals.
What can I do?
Carbon-offset every mile,
sew the patch on upside-down,
paint oil and tears dripping,
explain myself.

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