January 1 2021
Songwriters are some of the most accomplished poets and Canada has some of the finest.
Poetry requires a precision of the written word
while music is a universal expression of spirit.
When put together you get magic.
Let us celebrate the writers of song who bring us light.
the writers of song
today i celebrate the artists
who bring us new hope
and help us to keep hope alive
when we need it the most
the crafters of words and music
that move us to celebrate liberate and venerate
who speak for us when we have no words
and give us words to speak when we need them
who show us how to grieve and share our hearts
and when to speak and when to be silent
how to laugh and when to cry
when to sing and how to fly
these are the makers of the songs that paint our lives
and gift us with sweet memories
that fill our hearts when they are empty
and show us how to fall in love
these are the maestros
the weavers of story the healers of hearts
some of the finest poets who ever dared
to pick up a pen
they are the writers of song
and i salute them
please join me
©pj johnson Poet Laureate of the Yukon
December 31 2020