An Alternative Canadian Anthem

By Bruce McCall

For closing day ceremonies in Vancouver:

     O Canada! My pretty decent land!
    Let’s hear two cheers
    Although it’s kind of bland.
    With modest aims, and careful steps
    We hope it’s safe to say,
    O Canada, we like this place
    We like this place okay!

Bruce McCall is a New York artist and writer whose work frequently appears in the New Yorker and Vanity Fair.