A truck is not a speech. a poem by Bob Rae


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A truck is not a speech. A horn
is not a voice. An occupation
is not a protest. A blockade
is not freedom, it blocks the
liberty for all. A demand
to overthrow a government is not
a dialogue. The expression of
hatred is not a difference of
opinion. A lie is not the truth


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Robert Keith Rae PC CC OOnt QC is a Canadian diplomat, lawyer, negotiator, public speaker, and former politician who is the current Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations since 2020.

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Note: Permission to publish this poem was solicited by WordCity Literary Journal, and we are tremendously grateful Ambassador Rae has allowed us to share it with you in its handwritten form. We are also grateful for his work in the United Nations and his support of human rights, including an end to the war in Ukraine.


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Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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