Inscrutable black eyes, reflected orient, have come to spread the communist theory of common ownership.

An illegal alien, no visa or passport, makes its home in trees stripped bare by the acid blood of a dying metal beast.

In the vacuum left, when the dream was farmed out to the lowest bidder in tropical climates and the coolies back home, a corundum carapace balances on shiny springs under a lotus crown. Hitching a ride duty free on NAFTA promises a brother’s kiss seals the deal. There’s a bigger border marked out in an adjacent point of view than a place of birth.


With the arrival of the daily post we are undone, unclean or un-something. The government of Canada in the form of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has decreed that…well really they have decreed not much of anything other than something might be happening in our backyard. This edict was not precipitated by an actual visit of an official. The cause was the proximity of our residence (a twenty minute drive) to a prior undiscovered infestation of a recently imported and unwanted visitor to our country. Though this colony of destruction may have existed unregulated for up to 5 years the CFIA feels that the situation still falls within their ability to control.

The ominous missive is officially stamped and signed and upon the receipt of said letter I was at first concerned that our lives were in danger. As it is, the nonexistent ash trees that don’t grow in our yard are at issue. Any fire wood that we might choose to export is also suspect.

The grey dreary days that have proceeded the first day of winter with a month’s worth of snowfall in a mere two weeks have been over shadowed by the threat of a foreign invader. The emerald ash borer is here and the Canadian government has taken quick action to stop this marauding beast. The attempt of creating an ash free zone by culling thousands of healthy ash trees has failed miserably and the government must find a new plan of action. I just don’t think quarantining entire counties will slow the spread of this foreign invader. It is much too late for that.


9 thoughts on “Quarantine

  1. They have sat on their hands a very long time on this subject. We should let history teach us instead of pointing fingers. The same treatment was given to the Ontario Elm tree stock in the 60\’s and 70\’s that is when we " learned" our lesson . Or we should have.


  2. thanks for the super cool Christmas tree. It was super cool. And quarantines can be fun! Just threaten people\’s trees with a solitary piece of bark. Then watch them flee!


  3. @IndigoI do like to be toasty! ;)@JackGlad you liked the tree…it is the season you know…yadda yadda, lol. Fun quarantines, eh? hmmmm. I could try to send my son to school with a log and see if they let him on the school bus. He could get a day off out of it. This just might be a veritable fountain of amusement for the whole family! =)@NeerWhen have you ever known the government to make an effort to learn from past mistakes? Mind you there\’s not a lot of options to choose from …it looks like a choice between the lesser of the weevils ;P


  4. Lesser of the weevils? groan lol Actually given the amount of time you had to come up with it , not bad. Unless you didn\’t come up with it ………… Confess !shhh , don\’t tell anybody but I have turning stock that has dose tings in them and they make a stain like urban sprawl just under the bark . The long necked vase that I turned outside with the liquid look , ya that one .. yup it was lousy with them at one time but the log was dead when I turned it . You can see the damage though if you look hard enough. If I don\’t see you , Merry Ho Ho to you and yours !


  5. @CherylIt is all too true, isn\’t it? I exercise my privilege to vote in each election but it is with a cynic\’s heart. I don\’t expect much in the way of intelligence or common sense from any party in power.@Neerlol… I\’m sure I\’m not the first to come up with it but it occurred to me and I thought it extremely apt.Don\’t worry your secret is safe with me. ;)Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours. I hear it might be a green one ( I doubt it with the snow that\’s piled up in my back forty) so park the "burb" and take \’er easy.L@Melissa Well sometimes I do have to wonder at the ways and doings of the Canadian government. It\’s a head scratcher for sure. ;P@PappyI am drowning in tinsel, garland and sugar cookies (it\’s an absolute miracle that the dog hasn\’t burned a hole into my back with her laser vision as she waits for anything to fall from the counter where I\’m baking!) but I\’ll take a moment to wish you the same…LOLMerry Christmas Pappy. May the New Year be filled with health and happiness for you and your family.Have a good one!L


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