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Below is the poem entitled A CANADIAN TRADITION which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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What joy to live in a land where cultures can blend,
I embrace every delight of diversity,
We respect the traditions of immigrant friends,
Kept alive by the citizens of our city –
This made possible through acceptability.
Holidays provide a storehouse of rich pleasures,
This is our bond, our strength and our identity,
We share our histories, our faiths and our treasures.

As the season stalls and the fall comes to its end,
Celebrations start across our community,
Messages of peace and love and hope we all send,
Through Christmas, Ashura and a Day of Bodhi,
Kwanza and Yuletide, Hanukah and Diwali—
Mirth born of pain, echoed in songs of commeasure,
United yet apart, simple complexity,
We share our histories, our faiths and our treasures.

A light in the darkness, we can all comprehend,
Each custom holds a truth for all humanity,
A brilliant pathway that each is welcome to wend,
How much we can learn from their generosity—
Precious are the gifts from the minority!
They do not ignore nor do they at all pressure,
Temple, church and synagogue, all open to see,
We share our histories, our faiths and our treasures.

A practice began with the birth of our baby,
For it’s our duty to first ensure her exposure
To world beliefs, then teach of commonalities…
We share our histories, our faiths and our treasures.

*For Paula Swanson’s “Traditions” contest
**Dedicated to Debbie Guzzi. Her poem on her blog inspired this.

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  1. Date: 12/20/2011 6:47:00 PM
    This is beautiful, Cyndi..Congratulations on your win. It is always winning when a community blends all the good! Best wishes for the holy season! Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 12/20/2011 5:20:00 PM
    Cyndi, more and more I am inclined to wish I were a Canadian, when I see the poetry of my Canadian friends! Congrats on your win. did I ever tell you? Your avatar reminds me of a painting by a classic artist or something!

  1. Date: 12/19/2011 3:02:00 PM
    Cyndi congrats on your win, great job..David

  1. Date: 12/19/2011 1:59:00 PM
    Lovely traditions and poem. Congratulations on your poem and the win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 12/19/2011 1:26:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Paula's "Traditions" contest Cyndi. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/13/2011 5:55:00 PM
    Hope we can live up to the standard. If everybody contributes to the effort how great that would be. Gives me a warm feeling to be part of it Cyndi!

  1. Date: 12/13/2011 7:20:00 AM
    The best to you always Cyndi. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/12/2011 5:37:00 PM
    awww I'm so happy! So cool Cyn, Unitarian Universalists bring all different belief systems to the pulpit a good place to raise a broad minded child!In a nutshell we believe in 1 God [we know folks all over the world may call God different names - but we are monotheists - not trinitarians] and The Universalist part feels all mankind may be saved and that there is no predestination..interesting? Thanks again for the dedication

    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan
    Date: 12/12/2011 7:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, very interesting! I am a member of the United Church of Canada, we are about as far left as a Christian church can go (we marry same sex couples) I have friends from different parts of the world who have settled into our small corner of Ontario. In Waterloo, we MOSTLY get along. In fact, have you heard of the WORLD RELIGIONS CONFERENCE. Largest meeting in Canada was held right here in Waterloo :-) You may be interested. HUGS!
  1. Date: 12/12/2011 3:33:00 PM
    Here in the US we seem to be all for diversity as long as we are all the same. Oh well, we'll keep trying.

  1. Date: 12/12/2011 1:34:00 PM
    hi, cyn...the true meaning of peaceful co-existence and blessed rituals grace this page with shimmering images and great phrasing.. i'm back, yeah!.. this is a fave!. miss ya! :) huggs!