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Camac
Posted: 06-Dec-2008, 12:12 PM
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Come walk in white
Along the tracks
Of deer or fox
And snowshoe hare
Look left, look right
At beauty's sights
Of snow draped pines
All crystal bright.
Ahead the river
Frozen hard
The beaver dam
A timbered ward
Forming out an
Icened lake upon
Which folk all
Come to skate
The sound of
Laughter all around
A fire crackling on
Snow bare ground
The fallen logs
Where people sit
To rest and warm
Hot cocoa sip
And all around
A wonderland
Of snow and ice and
Fir tree stands.
These are the
Winters I would
Regain, a time
I'll never see again
               
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Posted: 06-Dec-2008, 01:51 PM
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Camac this is beautiful. I have seen the mountains with the quiet snow falling. I have found were a beaver has felled trees but I cannot find the beaver or the dam. I have never ice skated or seen a lake or river frozen. Do people not gather anymore at a frozen lake to skate? Is it more the indoor arena type now? And if I may, why would you not see this again?

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Posted: 06-Dec-2008, 02:12 PM
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Great tribute to our canadian winters Camac.

Yes I wonder, but winter last was one that I haven't seen for over 35 years at least where we were able to build tunnels in the snow in front of our house.
And so cold that we were not afraid to skate on lakes. I too thought that I would never see a winter like the ones I knew younger.

But even so here near our home every year husband and I go down to the River where they have taken out the snow and can skates on it for miles on end...a bit similar to the one on the Rideau Canal actually and so much fun.For it is as you describe in your poem...there are some logs where you can just sit and relax and inside where you can go get some hot cocoa or coffee and after go back out on the ice again.

Thank you for your poem.

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Posted: 06-Dec-2008, 04:57 PM
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QUOTE (flora @ 06-Dec-2008, 01:51 PM)
Camac this is beautiful.  I have seen the mountains with the quiet snow falling.  I have found were a beaver has felled trees but I cannot find the beaver or the dam.  I have never ice skated or seen a lake or river frozen.  Do people not gather anymore at a frozen lake to skate?  Is it more the indoor arena type now?  And if I may, why would you not see this again?

Flora

Flora;

What my poems describes is mainly rural Canada. When you live in urban sprawl it kind of hard to see these scenes. As I don't own a car anymore its hard to get out of town without asking someone to take you. People in small towns still do all the things I wrote about and if you live in Ottawa (our Capital) there is the Rideau Canal the worlds longest skating rink. LOA is also fortunate that she lives in rural Quebec and the river near her town freezes over so people can go skating as it was meant to be. There is also the fact that I can't skate anymore as my legs won't take the strain. I miss it. I'll tell you a story of when I was a kid in New Toronto a small suburb west of Toronto. We lived across the street from Gilbeys Gin, Distillery and every winter the night maintenance man would flood the area just in side the back gate and make a rink for all the kids in the neighbourghood. We loved it and had a ball but the mothers didn't like it cause they couldn't get us to go home for supper or to go to bed as we were playing hockey all the time. After a few years someome complained to the company and the rink was closed down and the gate locked. While it was there though we were the luckiest kids in town. Believe it or not also the healthiest cause we got fewer colds that most other kids. I'm a small town kid at heart and when I got out of the Army we lived in a small town 60 miles north of Toronto, Orangeville. It was great and my youngest was born there. Alas it was just to expensive even in those day traveling to Toronto to work so we moved back down to the suburbs.

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