Saturday, January 29, 2022

A Room of My Own: The True North strong and free !

Three Hundred and Seventh Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary
written in response to Elon Musk's tweet -- "Canadian Truckers Rule" -- to his nearly 72 million followers.

a cacophony
of wing flutters and caws
crows in gathering dark

storm clouds roll in
amid lightning strikes 
omicron rage

freedom convoy trucks
from coast to coast 
new variant emerging 

FYI: Elon Musk's tweet shows his support for "The Freedom Convoy 2022," an ongoing protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers introduced by the Government of Canada on January 15, 2022. 

The title is taken from O Canada, the national anthem of Canada.

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free! ....

And "Omicron subvariant BA.2 reported in Canada, " CTV News, Jan. 26 2022.

Added: Three Hundred and Eighth Entry

freedom convoy trucks
snake past Parliament Hill
with his mouth open
a white-haired man staring
at truckers with yellow stars

FYI: Anger over Holocaust symbols used in protests, CBC News, January 28

...Holocaust survivors say they’re angry about seeing yellow stars and swastikas being used in protests against vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions. They also say they feel traumatized by protesters comparing COVID-19 restrictions to those imposed in Nazi Germany....

Added: Three Hundred and Ninth Entry

one variant 
after another …
the caw-caw-caw
throughout the night 
of winter crows

FYI: COVID still 'full of surprises, nasty and cunning' and more variants 'not far away', WHO warns. Sky News, January 24 and More than 100 cases of Omicron BA.2 sub-variant identified in Canada since November, DHNews, January 28


  1. Trucker convoy: Drivers in Canada threatened with arrest as Rogan and Musk celebrate mandate ‘revolt’ The Independence, Jan. 28, accessed at

    Some high-profile vaccine-sceptics, such as Elon Musk and Joe Rogan, have praised the protesting truckers. Mr Rogan stated that Canada is “in revolt”, with the Toronto Sun claiming that up to 50,000 truckers will end up completing the journey to the capital.

    By contrast, Prime Minister Trudeau has characterised the protesters as a “small fringe minority who are on the way to Ottawa who are holding unacceptable views.”

    1. "Protests against COVID-19 public health measures continue in Ottawa as parked trucks snarl traffic," CBC News, Jan. 30 accessed at

      the loud and disruptive protests on Saturday featured several incidents roundly condemned as disrespectful, including protesters jumping on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and adorning a statue of Terry Fox with anti-vaccine material and an upside down Canadian flag.

      Ottawa police say there are "several criminal investigations" underway relating to those incidents. Police said they're also looking into what they describe as threatening, illegal and intimidating behaviour by protesters toward officers and city workers, as well as damage to a city vehicle.