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Matthew S. MacLennan

First Prize 2009 Canadian Christian Poetry Contest: $200

About this Christian Poet:
Matthew S. MacLennan was born to Donald and Laura MacLennan in 1985. He was raised on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in a place called Chimney Corner. He started writing songs at a young age and eventually turned to poetry and song during high-school. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a B.Sc. Honours in chemistry (2008) and moved to Vancouver, BC, where he is completing a BEd in Secondary Science education at UBC (2010). Matthew enjoys reading Jacques Maritain, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body". He is involved in the Pro-Life movement, Knights of Columbus, and sings in the choir at St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish. Matthew is engaged to be married to the love of his life, Danielle, in August of 2010.


It’s like Robbie Burns
Crackling on the gramophone;
Instead of listening to his diction
I transcend the vinyl landscape
And put pictures to the sounds.
One day I felt
It sounded like a big big fire

“My heart’s in the Highlands...
A-chasin’ the deer.”

I don’t know why,
But when the whisper-carbonaceous breath
of forest fire can be heard,
You don’t hear it at all;
You zone out and let your eyes pass through it
Words cannot express what you must do now

“Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods.
...to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.”

Who is enough to drive me away away?
Unemployment, ill opportunity, destruction, survival?
Uprooted, I slouch;
Cursed/blessed with this love of land
Cursed/blessed with this new seed,
No matter: The sun still rises
And who am I but one who lives free?
A spore in the diaspora
A leaf on the tree

“Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands forever I love.”

Copyright©2009 by Matthew S. MacLennan