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Venture in a Canoe
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By Gary James Smith
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I remember my first venture in a canoe

It's a tale that I will tattle

Like that old saying I heard somewhere before

Being up the creek without a paddle


A friend and I went fishing

The canoe was strapped to the car

Upon arriving at the lake we disembarked

The distance was not too far


The canoe was tied to a nearby dock

Our gear was set in its place

The paddles handed out we positioned ourselves

Now we were off to the race


I  got in my squat and prepared the assuage

He pushed off and then turned around

When he saw my face he did nothing but laugh

Without my life jacket on I would have drowned


I guess that he thought that I knew

What canoeist know all along

If you paddle against each other my friend

Your going to go round and round


Because of his laughing the canoe now had tipped

Into the water we went

Me in my life jacket heading for shore

Him looking for fishing gear scent


Now much the wiser one thing I've learned

Ask and ye shall receive

Don't go in a canoe without a few lessons

Trust me, I know, I believe!


Copyright Gary James Smith

March 11, 2008







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Submitted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2008

About the Poet
I came to know the Lord as my personal Saviour in January of 1972. I was married on Oct 21,1966 to my wife Linda who also loves the Lord. We have ten children and now twenty-four grand children. In Aug 2012 we got the announcement of the birth of our first GREAT grand child (a baby girl). I was thrilled to find others of like precious faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! What a Savior! I am presently living in Champion, Alberta, Canada but we are originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. That is where the poem Canadian Tribute to America was birthed. One Sunday as I walked across the city on my way to church I came to the top of a hill and looked across at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. After watching the events of the Sept 11 tragedy it was weighing on my heart and mind and the Lord gave me these words. We came to Calgary and when my oldest daughter saw this poem she said, �Dad, what�s this?� and I said a poem and she replied �Dad, that�s not a poem , that�s a song� and she then went to the piano and began to sing and play it. The result of which turned into a song entitled, A Canadian Tribute to America which she recorded on CD. garyjamessmith2005@yahoo.ca

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