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July 1, 2021


Canada Day, 2021


a lament


this is too somber a day by far

history has revealed itself to us

as neither pretty nor unknown

it was no surprise, this sadness

our leaders had long known of it

had for years, decades, centuries

known of our nation's lost children

and have done nothing, NOTHING!

to heal the pain they knew full well

nor were held to account those

who did and enabled these horrors

whose hands wielded the shovels

hiding this our most despicable act

in nameless graves far from home

callously left alone and unmarked

for those left behind, unforgotten


Canada Day, 2021

A poem by Peter Rhebergen
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