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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - The Irony of Bilingualism

The Irony of Bilingualism

by

James Bredin


When I was in the navy many years ago,
Everyone then spoke English - long before Trudeau,
Bilingualism was a word we didnít know,
Taught every French guy English on quid pro quo.

Then the French guys became bilingual but I did not,
The irony here has come back to haunt me a lot,
Itís not that they should learn English and I should learn French,
Its bilingualism being tightened with a wrench.

Canadians are getting just what we deserve,
For electing politicians with such French nerve,
And leaving guys like me with only one language,
And in this bilingual world they have the advantage.


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