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"#Raptors" by Pat Connors


Title image shows a nightime view of a series of triangles with colourful rope arranged in patterns.

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Published September 1, 2022


by Pat Connors
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

The pride of our nation
one team we all root for
and stand by through thick and thin
if you truly love the Raptors.

a unifying force
no black or yellow or white
just one love which binds us together
at least for two hours and fifteen minutes.

Mind expands
takes in the grandeur
of such collaboration
of the quest for greatness
and a fun Friday night.

We are a body rising as one
on cue to sing "O Canada"
cheer for Pascal and Scottie B
and OG and Fred VanVleet
and boo the referee.

This scene is not for those
who are here to be seen
but are here to watch
these elite athletes
do their best for each other and for us.

So let's truly love the Raptors
and stand by them through thick and thin.
One team we all root for
the pride of our nation.

Pat Connors first chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was released by Lyricalmyrical Press in 2013, and charted on the Toronto Poetry Map. Other publication credits include: The Toronto Quarterly; Spadina Literary Review; Sharing Spaces; Tamaracks; and Tending the Fire. His first full collection, The Other Life, is newly released by Mosaic Press.

This poem is included in Poetry World #4, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Toronto Poetry Magazine:
From the Maddening Crowd

by Ramesh Dohan

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