At the recent Mayor’s Levee, renowned poet Wendy Morton read a poem that celebrated the 20 years that Sooke has been incorporated as a District. Here is an opening statement and the poem, submitted by Sooke Poet Wendy Morton (SPN photo).
–by Wendy Morton
Brenda Parkinson asked me to write a poem for the 20th anniversary of Sooke’s incorporation. Since I’m an Otter Point resident, and not really involved in Sooke’s business, I thought a good place to start would be to go to the Sooke Museum and take a look at the Sooke News Mirror’s past editions, late 1998 and 1999. I wore plastic gloves and when I was through, they were black, which I took as a sign. Things were not going well then, there were many lawbreakers, not just the one mentioned in the poem.
So Sooke incorporated in June of 1999. And some things got better. The roundabout sparkles.
Twenty Years Ago
–by Wendy Morton
Someone put up a sign in Sooke,
warning of the coming chastisement and judgement.
Then a businessman was busted
for having cocaine and stolen guns.
Elvis was spotted at the Saseenos pumps.
180 marijuana plants were seized by the RCMP.
The next week the sign said, “ I was right.”
Then 1,439 people voted for incorporation.
Today there are breweries, parks, potshops,
cafes and co-housing.
Today, there are crows on the powerlines,
painted stones on the boulevard,
a roundabout sparkling with hope.
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