YYC POP: Poetic Portraits of Poetry, a Sheri-D Wilson Laureate Project

Calgary Song

– David Milner

Chinook arch frame our Calgary
Where plains and mountains meet,
Where hands are out in friendship
For all the world to greet.

Towers of glass and granite
Crowned by a clear blue sky
Stand close beside the stockade
Where Stampede hooves flash high.

Our pioneering spirit
Puts vigour in our stride;
It’s fueled by oilmen’s vision
And ranchers’ Western pride.

Cowboy boots and pinstripes,
Wild broncs and Cadillacs –
Here everyone is special,
So be yourself – relax.

Flow swiftly Bow and Elbow,
Your waters clear and cold
Will constantly remind us
To keep our outlook bold.

July, 2013
It’s twenty five years later,
We’ve seen a mighty flood,
But Calgary is rising
Like Phoenix from the mud.

David Milner

David Milner was born in 1927, and raised in Toronto, Canada. In 1946 he graduated from the Royal Canadian Naval College, after which he obtained his B.A.Sc in Mining Geology from the University of Toronto, then moved West to work in the burgeoning petroleum exploration industry. His career over the next 45 years, first with a major oil company and then as a consultant, has taken him to many parts of Canada and the world. He is married had has four daughters. Now he settled in Calgary where he lives a busy life of “retirement”. Writing poetry continues to be one of his many interests. David has two books of poetry, Just Do it (2013); and Omega Point (2016), which were both self-published into a trilogy titled Now Trilogy (2021).

David Milner