Like the Shield of Achilles

1 December 2014

I come before you today
one proud Canadian
among a nation
of these
in terrible times
in times of crisis
in security
in harm’s way
we are 35 million
projecting weakness
Consider this
We are smart
we are selfless
we are on the cusp
of
what
we are
and deplore self-satisfaction
but we come
great
we contemplate
great
we draw great strength from our
great
past
and welcome all those
who inhabit this land
the first
Consider this
to the last
we are
Serious
People of peace
gathering our
great
forces
and wherever and whenever
we unleash that might
we raise our grateful voices and
missing
Consider this
Pioneers
From the days of the coureurs des bois
built this country
where none would have existed
from them
we forge
new lies
before us
Consider this
under the maple leaf


All words in this poem are from the October 2013 Speech from the Throne, entitled Seizing
Canada’s Moment
, which opened the Second Session of the Forty-First Parliament of Canada.

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