Stay of Amnesty: Original Poem By Warren

This is another original poem written during the 1980-81 school year while I was attending University of Winnipeg. It’s entitled Stay of Amnesty.

Poem Background

This one is picking up on a series of turbulent events taking place at the time, specifically the Iran-Iraq middle east conflict, Cuban refugees, Soviet incursion into Afghanistan, the separatist movement in Quebec, and the Iran hostage crisis.

I’m not really sure why the old-style English was used other than I probably thought it sounded cool at the time.

Stay of Amnesty

by Warren Wojnowski

O, please thou to grant me
Stay of Amnesty
So that I might be immune
Should most divine places
Or saddened faces
Ever hear me sing my tune

For ’tis impending Blue
Whence through thy fortune
Mid-East conflicts should arise
Yet, for all their oil
And missions foiled
The Shah shan’t be circumsized

And what of the Castro Code
Opening the road
Of escape for desperate refugees
Force them in the boat
And taketh ‘way all hope
Once ‘cross the battering blue sea

For ’tis impending Blue
Whence through thy fortune
The reawakened Bear doth cross
Into a forbidden land
Which fiercely fighteth the Bear’s hand
Till one dieth upon a cross

And what of the resounding Non
Resolving the French-English row
Committed to a united bilingual nation
Till yet new seeds of mistrust
Doth appear with the advent of provincial lust
At the constitutional conference collaboration

For ’tis impending Blue
Whence through thy fortune
Iraqi Mig fighters doth raid
And in earnest reply
Fearless Phantoms fly high
While the heathen hostages’ hopes duly fade

So, please thou to grant me
Stay of Amnesty
So that I might be immune
Should most mortal places
Or fearful faces
Ever hear my tune ring true

End