January 11, 2001

 

Good God, what creatures be these

that you have made and place here

wild

in hordes beyond all counting

frowning brow all pointed down

by great bony crests adorned

and sailed above by foul

whose very beauty cause the soul to stir

here in this not so barren wasteland

your glory freely cast

upon this vast forbidding shore

between these years

and eternity

 

I was watching the episode “Canada: A People’s History,

The Pathfinders,” which had some magnificent scenes of

the beauty of the northern wildlands.  This inspired by a

shot of a herd of Musk ox running wild across the plain.