Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Granite seams

It took the sea a thousand years,
A thousand years to trace
The granite features of this cliff,
In crag and scarp and base.

It took the sea an hour one night,
An hour of storm to place
The sculpture of these granite seams
Upon a woman's face.
Erosion, by E.J. Pratt of Western Bay.
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This Friday (March 12th) marks the one-year anniversary of the crash of Cougar Flight 491.

Several weeks after the tragedy, Premier Danny Williams told the House of Assembly that his government planned to erect a memorial to the 17 victims.

To quote Williams: "At the appropriate time and in the appropriate way, we will be honouring those who lost their lives with a memorial.”

I would say the time is appropriate about now.

And I’m sure people are anxious for details on the “appropriate way.”

But there’s still no word.

The local media reports today (March 10th) that the premier isn’t in the province and a date has yet to be set for the legislature to reopen.

My vote is for a memorial at Ladies Lookout atop Signal Hill, a point that the offshore helicopters fly over day in, day out.

Ladies Lookout is also the very point where women gathered for generations to look for their men returning from sea after days, weeks, months and years.

So many never returned.

And their loved ones never stopped looking to the sea.

Is there a better site?

On Friday, we should all look to the sea.

And remember.

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