Ontario – Land of 250,000 Waterways by Honey Novick



Killarney, Ontario

land of 250,000 waterways, interconnected

living waterways pulsing, like blood in human veins

at times ice or steam

telling of ancient stories

French River

French River, Ontario

listen to the wind, unfettered

ranting, swirling, blowing

from the Arctic tundra to the arable south

saying to the leaves “get off the trees

cover the ground”


Timmins, Ontario

relatives will be arriving

snowflakes, hail, icicles

reminding one and all

this earth is diverse

Vermillion River

Vermillion River, Ontario

remember the lily of the forest

the trillium, precious as an orchid

remember the sweetness of maple sap

it will flow again


Nina Munteanu photographing the Upper Credit River

people appear like blades of grass

needing the waters of life

this land is yours, care for her


Honey Novick
This poem was first published in Verse Afire January, 2018  I.S.S.N.  1715-0280 (publication of the Ontario Poetry Society)

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