Today I wanted to dance to “Oh Canada”
But I didn’t,
thinking it would be disrespectful.
So I kept the urge quiet.
Its tune made me happy
Maybe it was because I was exhausted and I found the tune soothing.
Maybe because I was happy it was summer
And any melodious trembling made me want to sway and swirl
But I think it is because I am proud to live where I do
and grateful for what others have done
facing death for an ideal
Just so I could be free to stand
At attention and listen
And dance in my imagination
To the swells of that proud melody