2017

September 24th 2017: *This poem was buried in a time capsule beneath Main Street Whitehorse in 1985. Because it would not have been popular to write anything in less than glowing tributes in reference to the Klondike gold rush at the time I composed it, it has never been published until now. Today as you approach Dawson City in an aircraft the endless rows of tailings that scar the earth are still quite visible.

faded rose of yukon©pj johnson December 11 1983

      

enchantress! sing the days of yore

of gold and men and mire

and smile again through broken teeth

upon your funeral bier

old faded jaded princess

be-crowned by greed of man

enthroned by mere discovery

of nuggets in a pan

 

so great you once exalted

a rose upon the vine

your petals now be-faulted

your enemy is time

once raped in youth and beauty

the lame excuse was “gold!”

your soul exchanged for booty

and left behind to mold

 

you sink within the cradle

that now becomes the grave

to sleep as those bereft you

no longer young and brave

your face is lined and tired

be-layered now with paint

as man is yet inspired

your history to taint

 

in ignorance he fails you

exploits you to his shame

with clarion he hails you

though knowing not your name

your name was breathless beauty

while sleeping in the brush

and wonder of creation

before the klondike rush!

 

sad tiring miring shadow

you sigh as mortals creep

to wake a worn old lady

who wants so much to sleep

your back is stoopt and bended

your grief may never end

as lazarus you’re mended

to stand and die again

 

oh dying crying ghost town

for you there is no pity

as seed of greed yet haunteth thee

oh wretched dawson city!

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Summer 2017- Stuff I Did:

I had a long-overdue visit with my old pal & Partner in Crime - well-known Yukon Artist Jim Robb!

 

I had a surprise visit from a little someone carrying this portrait of .... me! This oil portrait was painted by Yukon artist William Sinclair just before my investiture as Yukon Poet Laureate in 1994 - notice my official poet laureate pin is not yet on my Stetson.

I enjoyed a visit with some poet friends down at Queen's Park New Westminster at the "Poetry in the Park" event! I also spoke out about the plight of northern sled dogs and shared my poem, "Because I Am a Sled Dog" Click here to see the Video: pj johnson - ANIMAL ADVOCATE!

August 12th 2017: It was a great day to be Canadian and to welcome back to Whitehorse the Magnificent R.C.M.P. Musical Ride with a song called “Colour Me Canadian”  that I composed in 1995 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the presence of the RCMP in the north to welcome the R.C.M.P. Musical Ride on their first visit to the Yukon. It was a pleasure to welcome them back to Whitehorse with that same song and visit with music legend Hank Karr.

July 1st 2017: It was an honour to be included in Canada's 150th birthday celebrations on July 1st 2017.  -Photo City of Whitehorse.  #Canada150 #StandForCanada #Yukon #PoetLaureate

 

July 1st 2017 - Canada Day: Exactly 23 years to the day I was invested as the Yukon's first official Yukon Poet Laureate I was honoured to perform my song "Colour Me Canadian"  on what was also my country's 150th birthday! Because it was filmed at a live performance the audio is what it is. A good time was had by all!

 

 

May 14 2017: I am honoured to be featured in an interview in Bihar, India - An Interview with pj johnson, #Yukon Poet Laureate about her journey as a .... authorinterviews.net/conversations/pj-johnson/

 

March 15th 2017: Today my manifesto exposing the ugly truth of sled dog racing is being featured in Bihar, India's current issue of the Ashvamegh Journal ~~> .

I am also honoured to have my poems featured in Bihar, India in the March issue of the Ashvamegh Journal ~~>

 

January 20th: I attended an event hosted by The Yukon Government along with Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Clarke and Yukon MP Hon. Larry Bagnell where I shared my composition, "Colour Me Canadian".  See Video at: Videos by pjj

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January 20th: I recently attended an event hosted by The Yukon Government along with Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Clarke and Yukon MP Hon. Larry Bagnell where I shared "Colour Me Canadian". Click here for video ~~> 2017

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