Coup de coeur des cérémonies d’ouverture

Par Ian Sénéchal,

Voici un poème qui a été récité hier pendant la cérémonie d’ouverture des Jeux Olympiques par Shane Koyczan. J’ai vraiment adoré. Inspirant et patriotique. Ça faisait longtemps que je n’avais pas été aussi fier d’être canadien. 


8 réflexions sur “Coup de coeur des cérémonies d’ouverture

  1. On dirait bien que c’est possible de s’auto-définir sans l’aide de Clotaire Rapaille! Thumbs up aux organisateurs de la cérémonie d’hier.

  2. Voici le texte complet de son poème :

    « We Are More » by Shane Koyczan
    When defining Canada
    you might list some statistics
    you might mention our tallest building
    or biggest lake
    you might shake a tree in the fall
    and call a red leaf Canada
    you might rattle off some celebrities
    might mention Buffy Sainte-Marie
    might even mention the fact that we’ve got a few
    Barenaked Ladies
    or that we made these crazy things
    like zippers
    electric cars
    and washing machines
    when defining Canada
    it seems the world’s anthem has been
     » been there done that »
    and maybe that’s where we used to be at
    it’s true
    we’ve done and we’ve been
    we’ve seen
    all the great themes get swallowed up by the machine
    and turned into theme parks
    but when defining Canada
    don’t forget to mention that we have set sparks

    we are not just fishing stories
    about the one that got away
    we do more than sit around and say « eh? »
    and yes

    we are the home of the Rocket and the Great One
    who inspired little number nines
    and little number ninety-nines
    but we’re more than just hockey and fishing lines
    off of the rocky coast of the Maritimes
    and some say what defines us
    is something as simple as please and thank you
    and as for you’re welcome
    well we say that too
    but we are more
    than genteel or civilized
    we are an idea in the process
    of being realized
    we are young
    we are cultures strung together
    then woven into a tapestry
    and the design
    is what makes us more
    than the sum total of our history
    we are an experiment going right for a change
    with influences that range from a to zed
    and yes we say zed instead of zee
    we are the colours of Chinatown and the coffee of Little Italy
    we dream so big that there are those
    who would call our ambition an industry
    because we are more than sticky maple syrup and clean snow
    we do more than grow wheat and brew beer
    we are vineyards of good year after good year
    we reforest what we clear
    because we believe in generations beyond our own
    knowing now that so many of us
    have grown past what used to be
    we can stand here today

    filled with all the hope people have
    when they say things like « someday »

    someday we’ll be great
    someday we’ll be this
    or that
    someday we’ll be at a point
    when someday was yesterday
    and all of our aspirations will pay the way
    for those who on that day
    look towards tomorrow
    and still they say someday

    we will reach the goals we set
    and we will get interest on our inspiration
    because we are more than a nation of whale watchers and lumberjacks
    more than backpacks and hiking trails
    we are hammers and nails building bridges
    towards those who are willing to walk across
    we are the lost-and-found for all those who might find themselves at a loss
    we are not the see-through gloss or glamour
    of those who clamour for the failings of others
    we are fathers brothers sisters and mothers
    uncles and nephews aunts and nieces
    we are cousins
    we are found missing puzzle pieces
    we are families with room at the table for newcomers
    we are more than summers and winters
    more than on and off seasons
    we are the reasons people have for wanting to stay
    because we are more than what we say or do
    we live to get past what we go through

    and learn who we are
    we are students
    students who study the studiousness of studying
    so we know what as well as why
    we don’t have all the answers
    but we try
    and the effort is what makes us more
    we don’t all know what it is in life we’re looking for
    so keep exploring
    go far and wide
    or go inside but go deep
    go deep
    as if James Cameron was filming a sequel to The Abyss
    and suddenly there was this location scout
    trying to figure some way out
    to get inside you
    because you’ve been through hell and high water
    and you went deep
    keep exploring
    because we are more
    than a laundry list of things to do and places to see
    we are more than hills to ski
    or countryside ponds to skate
    we are the abandoned hesitation of all those who can’t wait
    we are first-rate greasy-spoon diners and healthy-living cafes
    a country that is all the ways you choose to live
    a land that can give you variety
    because we are choices
    we are millions upon millions of voices shouting
     » keep exploring… we are more »
    we are the surprise the world has in store for you
    it’s true

    Canada is the « what » in « what’s new? »
    so don’t say « been there done that »
    unless you’ve sat on the sidewalk
    while chalk artists draw still lifes
    on the concrete of a kid in the street
    beatboxing to Neil Young for fun
    don’t say you’ve been there done that
    unless you’ve been here doing it
    let this country be your first-aid kit
    for all the times you get sick of the same old same old
    let us be the story told to your friends
    and when that story ends
    leave chapters for the next time you’ll come back
    next time pack for all the things
    you didn’t pack for the first time
    but don’t let your luggage define your travels
    each life unravels differently
    and experiences are what make up
    the colours of our tapestry
    we are the true north
    strong and free
    and what’s more
    is that we didn’t just say it
    we made it be.

  3. Tout a fait inspirant et ca démontre bien que nous sommes 1 peuple unique malgré les 2 solitudes entre nous,les Québécois et les reste du Canada,le seul bémol,c est que nous sommes dirigés tant a Québec qu a Ottawa par 2 incompétents chronique.

    • On est d’accord pour l’incompétent du Québec. Par contre, au fédéral, je suis assez à l’aise avec Harper. Seul bémol, le déficit qu’il a fait cette année pour « stimuler » l’économie.

      J’ai hâte au prochain budget, voir comment il va rétablir le tout. On verra s’il gagne des points ou non le 4 mars.

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