“Butterfly Effect” by Grace Lau1 min read

4 September, 2017 0 comment

Illustration by Pearl Low

every time a study announces
Canada is Ranked Number One
for Quality of Life
the tiny house movement expands
our homes narrow
we get closer
life costs
more

every time you sing
O Canada
a poppy blooms in your heart
blood will have blood
did you know
I now carry a garden of scarlet
everywhere with me
a sedative for history

every time the oceans and lakes
are declared priceless
natural resources in crisis
a pipeline is born
a barrel of liquid gold
for your clean water

when you are told
repeatedly
how lucky you are
to live in one of the
best countries in the world
you actually start to believe it


Grace Lau is a Chinese-Canadian writer living on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations territory in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys itinerary-less travel, live music, and loud socks.

Illustration by Pearl Low

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