The fundamental freedoms Canadians should stand for as a country are freedom of conscience and speech, and to keep those freedoms and make them meaningful all citizens must practise patience to listen, fortitude to speak, temperance to be willing to temper our position, and charity to always think the best of others and give more of ourselves, so that everyone keeps their freedom
It’s said in Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses that a pretty horse, like the bay Blevins rides, is ‘always more trouble than it’s worth.’ Well I think that statement is what really turns the gears of that story. There are many different opinions about that statement. The effects of beauty in a fallen, misguided world where there is still grace. The things crystallized with an arthritic dog and a lamenting brother at the end of The Crossing: grief, regret, sympathy, and grace.
‘The Last Sturgeon’ is the best poem addressing the question posed in all but words by Robert Frost’s Ovenbird- what to make of a diminished thing- and like the roots in reverse we have the motif of the tributary in Steven Heighton’s poem- the sources are smaller and colder and scattered and yet it widens and warms and empties in the ocean