O Canada! I'm Wrapped Up for Thee! 

Written by Jayne Luy, Illustrated by Ana C. Luy

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My fingers are stiff. My toes are all numb.

I’m actually missing half my thumb!

My legs are like ice cubes; my lips are all blue

I need to defrost, all the way through.

I can’t see a thing! There’s not enough light.

And not ‘cause I’m blinking, and not ‘cause it’s night.

Wow, what a riddle! I’ll give you the key...

My scarf has taken a HOSTAGE! It’s ME!

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Its wool is all stuck in my eyes and my mouth

The fuzz went up north, the lint floated south!

My ears are not working through 6 layers of stuff

They simply can’t hear through the floof and the fluff!

BUT MY GRANDMA MADE IT! I LOVE IT! I mean...

For fashion, I’m sure that she cared not a bean

But Granny survived the blizzards and snow!

She walked both ways up all the hills, don’t you know?

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She covered eight miles to just get to school

In bare feet and dragging her lunch and a mule!

But back to the subject. I can’t find my face!

It’s ‘cause all this padding invaded my space!

On a pole frozen solid, I left my poor tongue.

I’ve known that could happen since I was quite young

I wanted to see if those warnings were true!

Now I’m thumb-less and tongue-less and feeling quite blue. 

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To add to my battles, I can’t use my nose.

I breathed in the wool. It stuck there and froze!

My senses are all in great need of some care!

My hearing! My smelling! My thumb that’s not there!

How will I manage? No sight, smell, or feel!

My tongue is a pole now. Can this be for real?

But, Granny, I’m true to my land and my hearth.

When the going gets tough, you just put on a scarf!

You wrap yourself up! Can’t see? Have no fear!

There’ll be sunlight next summer! In just half-a-year!

I am Canadian! Frozen, and free!

 

Oh Canada! I’m wrapped up for Thee! 

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