The Red Canoe

De win' is sleepin' in de pine, but O! de
night is black!
An' all day long de loon bird cry on Lac Waya-
No light is shinin' by de shore for helpin' steer
heem t'roo
W'en out upon de night, Ubalde he tak' de
red canoe.

I hear de paddle dip, dip, dip! wance more I
hear de loon-
I feel de breeze was show de way for storm
dat 's comin' soon,
An' den de sky fly open wit' de lightning
splittin' t'roo-
An' 'way beyon' de point I see de leetle red

It 's dark again, but lissen how across Waya-
De tonder 's roarin' loud, an' now de mount-
ains answer back-
I wonder wit' de noise lak dat, he hear me, le
bon Dieu
W'en on ma knee I ax Heem save de leetle red

Is dat a voice, so far away, it die upon ma hear?
Or only win' was foolin' me, an' w'isperin'
Yaas, yaas, Ubalde, your Belzemire she 's
prayin' hard for you-
An' den again de lightning come, but w'ere 's
de red canoe?

Dey say I 'm mad, dem foolish folk, cos w'en
de night is black
An' w'en de wave lak snow-dreef come on Lac
I tak' de place w'ere long ago we use to sit, us
An' wait until de lightning bring de leetle red

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme abcBddae xfxfxdgE cBxbxagE xedhche xbbbxegE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,112
Words 238
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8, 7, 8

William Henry Drummond

William Henry Drummond April 13 1854 April 6 1907 was an Irish-born Canadian poet He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature of the United Kingdom in 1898 and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1899 more…

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