Sunday, April 26, 2009

Poetry Train Monday - 98 - The Legacy

Today I'd like to feature my third guest poet since I've been riding the train.

My first guest poet was my husband Brad - you can read his poem HERE.

My second guest poet was my brother-in-law Jeff - you can read his poem HERE.

And now for my third guest poet. Peter Baccin-Smith is my nephew, the son of my husband's eldest brother, Ken. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his younger brother and his parents, and is thirteen years old.

His class did a project this year about family history and ancestors. His mom emailed me for some of that family history, as I'm a big genealogy buff and have gathered as much data as I can.

She emailed me recently and said Peter had done really well on his project, which included this poem, and wanted to share it with me. And now - ever the proud auntie! - I'd like to share it with you.

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The Legacy

From the icy north we chipped our way,
Workers who would dare,
Sailing with the wind to Red River,
A home we carved in M├ętis Land,
But not all of us were there.

In the heel of the boot,
Bodies strewn around,
Children had to clear the dead
Which the fighting giants left aground.
Soldiers, chauffeurs, and corpsmen
Left to discard the waste,
Many ventured to start anew
In the land of the free and opportunity,
Because all is fair in love and war.

Many seeds were scattered,
Artistic girls, scientific boys.
Before long, the worlds collided,
And parents to be fell in love
Then gave breath to all their joys.

- Peter Baccin-Smith, 2009

Anthony North says Peter, make sure you keep up this poetry thing.

Unknown Writer and Almost Lover says I agree with Anthony. Keep it up..:)

Sweet Talking Guy says Nicely done, Peter, it's good to get to grips with history.


anthonynorth said...

Nicely done, Peter. Now, make sure you keep up this poetry thing. It's worthwhile.

Unknownwriter49 said...

excellent I agree with Anthony keep it up..:)

SweetTalkingGuy.. said...

Nicely done, Peter, it's good to get to grips with history.

Hi Julia, thanks for following my blog!

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Anthony - He was previously going to take over the world as a military mastermind...

Unknown Writer - I hope he does.

Sweet Talking Guy - I take my hat off to your poetry-a-day this month!

Travis Cody said...

Peter - Well done, young man!

Julia - Thanks for sharing that.

M. said...

Wow. Srsly impressed (I have a 12 y.o.). That is a very mature piece of work.

Ken said...

Way to go Peter, and thanks to Auntie Julia for posting this! Already published and hardly into his teens...

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Travis - Thanks for sharing in it, too!

M - I thought it was awfully mature, too. What a poetic bunch of Smith men!

Ken - Got any poems kicking around...?

Anonymous said...

very dramatic! wow! keep it up!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Yep, he's totally related to you, my friend. Very talented kid.