Come visit!

Come visit. Friendly Manitoba.

Be sure you don’t mind the cold.

Or the bugs. Skeeters and flies.

Maybe just come in spring

(before the bugs come)

or in the fall after the bugs

(but before the snow and cold)

Wide open spaces, great lakes.

Some a gawdawfulkillya flat.

Sometimes it floods though.

Cowboys and Indians.

(I can say that, really I can)

Don’t miss a bannock burger.

or Indian tacos. YUMMMY!

Back roads meet small towns.

Some places don’t have roads

that work year ’round. Sorry.

Cities too. A few anyway.

Manitoba is a good place to visit.

Our snakes won’t kill ya.

Neither will our fish.

(watch River Monsters!)

Dances happen often.

(Socials for you locals)

The locals are colorful.

So are the fields.

(flax, canola and wheat)

Come visit. We’ll have fun.

(no Churchill is not a day trip!)

It isn’t all winter and bugs.

(I said NOT ALL!)

There are tornadoes and hail.

(never boring except on the flat)

It’s hard to explain,

if you’ve never been here.

Take my word, come visit.

(bring bug spray and parkas!)



Part II

Come visit. This is where we live.

Pull up a chair. Kick off your shoes.

Enjoy that prairie sky, so wide.

Stand in awe of the northern lights.

See an inland sea or a wide field.

Waves of water or wheat roll on

forever and ever. No end to see.


Come visit! We’ll play farmer games.

Pull up and breathe. Kick off your city.

Enjoy that sound of quiet, so calm.

Stand in awe of the birds in flight.

See the horses run or the calves play.

Waves of laughter and dogs barking

forever and ever. No end to see.


Come visit! We’ll walk in the quiet.

Pull up and park. Kick off the dust.

Enjoy that feel of space, so open.

Stand in awe of the wildness too.

See the coyote, fox, owl and hawk.

Wings soaring higher and higher

forever and ever.  Rising! Rising!


For dVerse, poetics on where we live. Won’t you join in the fun? Or just read some great poetry.



  1. earl said,

    March 8, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Good job Shanyn

  2. kkkkaty said,

    March 8, 2013 at 3:18 am

    wow…I want to visit you someday 😉

  3. Bodhirose said,

    March 8, 2013 at 3:23 am

    I would love to visit…but before the bugs (or is it after the bugs) and before the snow and cold. I love the downhome, very welcoming way in which you ask us to visit..I enjoyed every word! And would really like to see those Northern Lights…

  4. Pamela said,

    March 8, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I am ready for visit, I wouldn’t mind kicking off my shoes, Shanyn.


  5. brian miller said,

    March 8, 2013 at 4:06 am

    gawdawfulkillya…haha…love your mash up word….the wide open spaces are def appealing to me…and indian tacos…i love trying new foods when i visit a place…that i can kick my shoes off is icing on the cake…smiles…

  6. Rowan Taw said,

    March 8, 2013 at 5:01 am

    I enjoyed the contrast between the two parts.

  7. March 8, 2013 at 5:20 am

    I really loved Part 1– the sharper tone lent an authenticity to your word that, despite the bug– really made me want to visit!! Oh, and living in Brazil, I know of bugs, too! ~ peace, Jason

  8. claudia said,

    March 8, 2013 at 5:24 am

    nice…sounds like a lovely place…the vastness of a land..we don’t have that in germany….it’s too small and densely populated…bannock burger….hmmm…sounds nice as well and i will bring the bug spray when i visit..smiles

  9. March 8, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    There is something so freeing about wide open spaces…even if only the images such as you’ve written. My husband is from North Dakota and I’ve understand both the intense cold and the bugs!

  10. kaykuala said,

    March 10, 2013 at 1:51 am

    One hears of the goodness of faraway places where everything one sees is something new! You’ve given us reason to clamor to go to Manitoba. Not been there! The nearest i got was the Niagara Falls. There is a lot of pull in your poem, Shanyn!


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