Poetry · Tribute

A Poem for a Poet: An Ode to Gord Downie

Concert tees are affectionately donned
As we anticipate the end,
A night in history being made
The beat in our hearts transcend.
Your anguish and genius shine
As you rock across the screen,
The beauty and the sadness as
You belted Fiddlers Green.
What you accomplished in music
Atop Canada’s lyrical throne,
You’re a poet of poets,
And that’s no Little Bones.
Your energy is palpable
And performed at your best,
Your fans are so grateful
For the Courage and zest.
In the last of your days
May you remember the screams,
Of the fans who adored you
The man, the Machine.
An open end to your journey
Of yours will be true,
Forever an Unplucked Gem, and full of Grace, Too.

Written by Afton Murphy