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Poetry Of A Different Kind - Ottawa, October 22, 2014

by Chris Sorrenti

In memory of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, Hamilton, Ontario

As luck would have it
I was downtown
At that same time same area
For an appointment
Only the previous day

Glad I missed today’s event
Able to find out from the safety of my living room
And now it’s already tomorrow

Always knew this day would come
Worried afraid of being caught in the crossfire
Vivid memories of the FLQ Crisis
With soldiers everywhere
Yet we pulled through
But this time
A different kind of enemy calls from within

And though Parliament remains closed to the public
The members returned to The House
To discuss debate
As they always have
I'm confident my kind of Ottawa and Canada will go on

© October 23, 2014
Revised November 26, 2018

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Posted on 10/23/2014
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Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 10/24/14 at 02:49 PM

Very sobering, Chris. Thanks for your perspective.

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