Kae Solomon

I wrote a poem last night after seeing Evan Thomas' father on CBC. The emotions have been raw and finally found voice in my writing. I'm hoping you might be interested in publishing it. I am a teacher librarian and writer in Coquitlam BC and grew up in Saskatchewan, so have been very impacted by the tragedy. It is called We R Humboldt and is for your town, and all who are feeling deep grief at this unimaginable loss.

We R Humboldt

It’s been a long time now

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Since I moved away

But once from Saskatchewan always from Saskatchewan

Back then couldn’t wait to get away

Now want to be home

To share in the solidarity of pain

With those whose hearts and bones

You know like the earth.

We R Humboldt.

I didn’t know those boys but I know the roads, the conditions

The dangers and the worries

and know someone who knows someone

whose brother is one of the dead.

Moments before, on the cusp

Of life and all its excitement beckoning

Now shattered, all of Canada trying to

Pick up the shards of jagged memories.

We R Humboldt.

The sport you played, so much more

to your community and all who surround you

where you will live on, each time

there is a game, a practice, a gathering

You won’t be just a photo, a face

but a beacon, a reminder

That life is a slapshot, over in a second

In the grand scale of time.

You played it with strength, with courage,

The pride of your town.

We R Humboldt.

Written after hearing Even Thomas’ father on CBC talk about identifying his son’s body.

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