Glowing Tribute

There’s this girl I know on the Danforth

who goes to Buffalo to shop

for the bargains on Bill Blass sheets

and with her parents to Polish nights in Orillia

where she says she wouldn’t be caught dead if the perogies

weren’t to absolutely die.

 

She takes her vacations in Warsaw almost every year

because she tells me the deals on crystal are

incredible and she can stay cheap with her Aunt Stenya.

 

It’s not like Mary isn’t into Canada,  she did Banff in ’82

and drove all by herself to P.E.I. in ’84

where by the way she lucked in

to a fabulous villa timeshare in the Caymans

because thanks to God she had American Express on her.

In the back window of her Beamer with the Blaupunkt

there’s one of those Canadian flag stickers and it glows at night

I mean what do you want from her

it isn’t like she was born here.

 

Tricia McCallum

 

This piece appeared in an anthology of Canadian satirical verse called Barbed Lyres published in 1990 and edited by Margaret Atwood.

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