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QUEBEC!: Le Canada Francais (poem)

Updated on December 17, 2016
Quebec City in Winter
Quebec City in Winter

Le Canada Francais (A Poem)

I once was a student

of French in Canada

where I roamed the

streets of Quebec not

armed with an umbrella,

as Thoreau once wrote,

but with a warm hooded coat

protecting me from frosty air

high above the Saint Lawrence

flowing seaward with chunks of ice

that ground the stony shoreline

of lower Quebec where I caught

the ferry boat across to Levis and

chatted in very daring French with

the local frost-bitten passengers who

remarked "voila un americain qui

parle Francais!" and who asked me

if I did not think that Canada, with its

forests and mountains, is "bien beau."

And on that ferry boat I could not help

but fall in love with all these people.


I spent many weeks in French Canada between 1956 and 1959 learning as much as I could about French Canadians and the French language.

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      Jane Boucheirre 4 years ago from CA

      wow---loved how it rhymes. :-)

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      Richard Francis Fleck 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks jojo29, I appreciate it.

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      Valleypoet 3 years ago

      A very well written narrative poem...enjoyed this:-))

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      Richard Francis Fleck 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you Valleypoet--I'll look forward to reading your work.

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