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Burning Fires

By Ethan Sherle

24 million acres gone in the blink of an eye

With the fierce, frightful, ferocious of the fire

And the smog creeping through the sky

The cracking of wood, sounding like the devil’s favourite choir


With the change in climate, the world is in trouble

It’s not just us, many animals had met a worst fate

Homes of both human and animals turned to rubble

Homeless hurting the hopeless, filling with hate


But with that hate comes hope and heroes

Firefighters risking their lives every day to save their country

Getting stuck in instead of watching like Nero

Fighting to save even just one tree


Many people around the world don’t want to relive

But sit in sadness isn’t going to do a thing

If you want to really help, you must give

So that maybe the pain of these will be nothing more than a bee sting



Part 2

My favourite poem that we read in class was Ghost of a Chance by Adrienne Rich. This poem is an open verse poem and is about a man not really having a purpose in his life. When one is trying to break away from the norms of their peers, it is hard to leave for good and not be consumed by it again. When the fish is flopping to death on the dock, it is a symbol for the man trying to break away from the societal norm or adversity but dying or struggling because it is not fitting in. When the waves eventually come in to consume the fish back into the ocean is a metaphor for society taking over or taking the fish back into the day to day life that most everyone has. When the man is thinking on the dock he sees, “A fish half dead from flopping and almost crawling” (Rich). This figurative language is having the fish represent the man’s wishes and attempts to break free from the societal norm but just when the fish was about to dying on the dock until, “a wave pulls it back blind into the triumphant sea” (Rich). This metaphor ends with the fish being dragged backed into the triumphant sea, which is another metaphor for the societal norms and ways of life. The fish is a metaphor for the man. How he tried and failed to break out of the monotony of his life but found the pressure from society to much, thus him falling back into the same old, same old. The connection I made with Oryx and Crake and how the man and Jimmy are one in the same. Jimmy much like the man is different or wants to become different then everyone else. But society kept pulling and crashing eventually bring both of them back down with them. This poem more then all really show the tangible versus intangible parts of life and why we need to understand them both.

Spoken word Poem


Skates, cutting into the ice with a razor-sharp sound

Many people will try to find the best around

Passes, pucks, players, perform

Edges like knives on steels they do swarm

In front of the net, the mesh shudders and quakes

With every slap of the puck that I take


Hockey may have first been play in Scotland, but it is Canada’s game through and through

And in Canada is where the sport grew

The 50’s, the rocket became the first to score 500 in an entire career

When he skated down the ice, he filled the goalie with fear

In the 60’s we had Gordie Howe taking over the league swiftly

But Bobby Hull was the first to score fifty

The 70’s gave us the greatest war on ice

After Canada beat the Soviet Union, the taste of victory was so, so nice

The 80’s Lemieux, Roy, Gretzky, 10 rings combine

They more cups than the Oilers and the Rangers, who both won nine

The 90’s brought us new teams far and wide

But the 1994 lockout lost the NHL a lot pride

The 00’s introduced the shootout but scoring rapidly declined

And Jagr received one of the biggest contracts ever signed


The sound of the roaring crowd

With the screaming, crying and cheering so loud

The crowd is the heart of their teams

Every hit, fight and goal they scream




Here, arenas come in many different shapes and sizes

In them, teams have won many different prizes


The round, rubber, removal of the puck from my stick

To score on a breakaway you have to be quick

My gloves, like the tools to my brain

If you don’t use them correctly, there is not much to gain


Now that Don Cherry is gone, a new controversy arose

All because of the poor words he chose

With this a new lesson is taught

I will miss him, for all the great memories he brought


The dream of scoring the game winning goal

Hockey is Canada’s heart and soul

Some say the posts are the goalies best friends

And when the save can’t be made, upon it he depends


Every outcome is a mystery

Every team competing to win it all

Every player writing their names in history

All but one will fall

Blog Log #2

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In this article, the writer Dylan Mattews depicts a soviet officer Stanislav Petrov who stopped a nuclear war from happening. Petrov and his crew had a warning sign of ICBM missiles launched by the USA towards the Soviet Union. There were two choices for Petrov to make, report it and start WW3 or not report it and run the risk of being nuked. Eventually, Petrov and his crew concluded that it was just a false alarm, which thankfully it was. Turns out the alarm was triggered by the sun’s reflection on the clouds, making it seem like there was an incoming missile. I like this article because I enjoy learning about history and interesting things that have happened in the past. I heard about this story a while ago but this article conveyed the thoughts I already had about this story. This man single-handedly stopped a nuclear war and the possible complete annihilation of the human race as we know it.

Blog Log #1

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In this article, Amazon employment are threatening to walk out of Amazon if they don’t help to reduce the growing problem of climate change. This article interested me because it illustrates how everyday working people are taking a standing against climate change and how they are going about doing that. Amazon employees have pushed Amazon into starting a program called the Shipment Zero program in which Amazon has promised to make 50% of their shipments net zero by 2030. Even with that, Amazon employees have continued to put Amazon to be more environmentally friendlier. They have done this by making a climate change plan for the company, which Amazon’s shareholders voted down. The author Shirin Ghaffary conveys the frustration of the Amazon employees by going very in depth about how and why the employee are upset and what they are doing about it. I made a personal connection to this article because I know what it feels like to be in a situation where, I the employee is upset with the manager and how the company is poorly treating its staff. I believe this article can show how people working for big companies can make a change and help to become more environmentally friendly and be the leaders in the fight against climate change.