Join Diane, MotherOwl, Mimi, and me as we describe the places each of us calls home. Tell us about your home, too, if you like, by leaving your poem in the comments or posting on your blog. If you do the latter, please leave a comment so we can find you and cheer you on.
You may use the topic or choose another. We write poetry for the challenge and for the enjoyment, and if you think that sounds like fun, give it a try.
It's been another busy week chez Donkey, and I didn't get started on my poem until the last minute.
It soon became evident that the number of things I wanted to include about my home (my province of Nova Scotia) far exceeded my ability to quickly toss them off in rhyming form, so I settled for a history lesson in the vague shape of a poem.
Actually, I think it's a geography lesson too.
Don't boo. It isn't nice, and it will hurt my wittle fee-wings.
To get us started, here is a map of Canada:
Canada is the part with all the bright colours. Nova Scotia is the dark pink province at the far right.
Zooming in on Nova Scotia, we see this:
Okay, I know it's yellow now, not pink, but trust me, it's the right province. (The green bit on the left is New Brunswick and the peach bit floating above Nova Scotia is Prince Edward Island (wave at Marie!) Mainland Nova Scotia is a peninsula, connected to the rest of Canada by a small and marshy bit of land that will not fare well under climate change's rising ocean levels, and is completed by the beautiful island of Cape Breton on the right.
I think we're ready to begin now.
We Are Also Known As Bluenosers, Because Cold Winters
My home and my heart are inextricably bound
By this land almost surrounded by water
A peninsula with an island at one end
Together, peninsula and island look like
A lady in an old-fashioned bonnet
(The bonnet is Cape Breton Island)
Don't you see it? Squint and try again
Our shores are lapped by waves
And lashed by winds
And our weather is moderated by
The Atlantic Ocean
Our First Nations peoples called it Mi'kma'ki
When France came calling, it was known as Acadia
Under the British and Scots, it became New Scotland
Because it reminded them of home
And starting in 1629
Under three years of Scottish occupation
We became Nova Scotia
The Latin version of New Scotland
Because Prince William wanted to impress King James VI and I
But how do we pronounce it?
Nova ... like the car
Or the Brazilian dance
Or the transient astronomical event
Scotia ... like ....
... well ... "Skoh-sha"
Rhymes with ...
How about "know Shah"
Although in what sentence that could be used
I can't imagine
Nova Scotia is known for
Its rolling landscape of hills and valleys
Its generosity in times of trouble
By those already struggling to provide for themselves
Our coal mining history
Our coal mining disasters
And our forests and fisheries
Postcard Pictures at the link below ...
"Wish you were here"
Canada's Ocean Playground (our other, other name)
I couldn't find any free photos to use and, embarrassingly, I couldn't find one of my own that I had in mind to put here. Note to self: label photos better. But that link has pictures and virtual tours that are beautiful, more than mine could ever be.
Now, tell me something about the place you call home ...