Johnson, E. Pauline. “Brandon.” E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake: Collected Poems and Selected Prose. Ed. Carole Gerson and Veronica Strong-Boag. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2002. 159-60.

To join with the other acrostics I have recently posted, here is one by E. Pauline Johnson. It was tempting to include instead Johnson’s “La Crosse,” which reads down the lines “Canadas National Sport” (found in Gerson and Strong-Boag’s edited collection on page 158), but this selection better parallels May Judge’s acrostic of Vancouver.


Born on the breast of the prairie, she smiles to her sire—the sun,
Robed in the wealth of her wheat-lands, gift of her mothering soil,
Affluence knocks at her gateways, opulence waits to be won.
Nuggets of gold are her acres, yielding and yellow with spoil,
Dream of the hungry millions, dawn of the food-filled age,
Over the starving tale of want her fingers have turned the page;
Nations will nurse at her storehouse, and God give her grain for wage.