Walking to Tuk, A Poem By Gail Cyr

 February 4, 2019
Posted by smiklosovic

We are throwing it back to 2011 when Gail Cyr wrote this lovey poem about Walk to Tuk.

Walking to Tuk

We’re cyber walking from Ft. Providence to Tuk
We’ll arrive this weekend with any luck
And tap our Nordic poles on the Beaufort Sea
Yell “We’re” here! and toast ourselves with tea!

Cyber walking in the browning blaze of the sun
Relay walking to Tuktoyaktuk – just for fun
We are the Spirit Walker team
Visualizing the walk in our dreams

Starting at Our Lady of Providence church
Passing buffalo and the stately birch
The ferry shuttles us across the river
To history shortly, the Merv will be delivered.

A rainbow hops the Dehcho to the holy ground
Where Pope John Paul blessed those gathered round
They gasped – the hopeful young and the sorrowed old
As over the grounds an eagle soared

BRIDGE

In Tulít’a, on Bear Mountain one sees Yamoriah’s life
Of his fight with giant creatures – one a former wife
Under the crinoline of bold Northern lights
We sleep with Tsııgehtchıc next in our sights. 

Inuvik – a government town built to serve and deliver
When experts said Aklavik would fall in the river  
Fifty years on – the hamlet flag taunts with “Never Say Die!”
Meet the people of Aklavik and you’ll know why!

In Tuk- Mother Hubbards frame distant pingos
New whalers crowd beached schooners in repose
The Lady of Lourdes – once a school year beacon
The symbol of a church – now sorely weakened.

We’re cyber walking from Ft. Providence to Tuk
We’ll arrive this weekend with any luck
And tap our Nordic poles on the Beaufort Sea
Yell “We’re” here! and toast ourselves with tea!

Written by Gail Cyr (Spirit Walker team member, 2011)