Foxe’s Point Traditional Inuksuk
In 1940, Woody Guthrie wrote “This Land is Your Land.” The lyrics describe an “iconic road trip” across America. Popularized in the 1960’s by folk singers such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen considers it, “about one of the most beautiful songs ever written.” The Canadian lyrics were penned later.
This is my “riff” on “This Land is Your Land” Canadian style. My inuksuk would lead me on a journey. From coast to coast to coast.
Watching the sun rise in Atlantic Canada. See the orange horizon. The sea waking up and stretching to begin the day. One stands tall in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, another along Nova Scotia beaches.
Inuksuk point me towards the frozen northern ocean. Sensing the stillness, silence of the Arctic Circle landscapes. Seeking the Northwest Passage to the sea.
Travel south through the pine forests. Smell the campfire. Hear the traditional stories told, songs sung. Past the family farms, towns and cities. Inuksuk stand along ancient travel routes, train tracks and old highways.
Then cross granite and escarpment, now heading west. Inuksuk would greet me on the shores of the Great Lakes and beyond. Over the flat Prairies, with mountains full ahead.
Along twisty roads through the mountain gaps, plunging into rail tunnels. Begin to smell sea tang. Perfumed air as the sky begins to orange-up again. Ferry cross to Vancouver Island to watch the sun sink below the horizon, turning the sea a fiery orange.
A trek from coast to coast to coast. Discovering myself as I discover Canada.