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Sunday, January 30, 2022

The True North strong and free!

Three Hundred and Seventh Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary
written in response to Elon Musk's tweet -- "Canadian Truckers Rule" -- to his nearly 72 million followers.

a cacophony
of wing flutters and caws
crows in gathering dark

storm clouds roll in
amid lightning strikes 
omicron rage

freedom convoy trucks
from coast to coast 
new variant emerging

FYI: Elon Musk's tweet shows his support for "The Freedom Convoy 2022," an ongoing protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers introduced by the Government of Canada on January 15, 2022. 

The title is taken from O Canada, the national anthem of Canada.

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free! ....

And "Omicron subvariant BA.2 reported in Canada, " CTV News, Jan. 26 2022.

Added: Three Hundred and Eighth Entry

freedom convoy trucks
snake past Parliament Hill
with his mouth open
a white-haired man staring
at truckers with yellow stars

FYI: Anger over Holocaust symbols used in protests, CBC News, January 28

...Holocaust survivors say they’re angry about seeing yellow stars and swastikas being used in protests against vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions. They also say they feel traumatized by protesters comparing COVID-19 restrictions to those imposed in Nazi Germany....