Ernest Hemingway

(21 July 1899 - 2 July 1961 / Oak Park, Illinois)

I Like Canadians - Poem by Ernest Hemingway

By A Foreigner

I like Canadians.
They are so unlike Americans.
They go home at night.
Their cigarettes don't smell bad.
Their hats fit.
They really believe that they won the war.
They don't believe in Literature.
They think Art has been exaggerated.
But they are wonderful on ice skates.
A few of them are very rich.
But when they are rich they buy more horses
Than motor cars.
Chicago calls Toronto a puritan town.
But both boxing and horse-racing are illegal
In Chicago.
Nobody works on Sunday.
Nobody.
That doesn't make me mad.
There is only one Woodbine.
But were you ever at Blue Bonnets?
If you kill somebody with a motor car in Ontario
You are liable to go to jail.
So it isn't done.
There have been over 500 people killed by motor cars
In Chicago
So far this year.
It is hard to get rich in Canada.
But it is easy to make money.
There are too many tea rooms.
But, then, there are no cabarets.
If you tip a waiter a quarter
He says 'Thank you.'
Instead of calling the bouncer.
They let women stand up in the street cars.
Even if they are good-looking.
They are all in a hurry to get home to supper
And their radio sets.
They are a fine people.
I like them.


Comments about I Like Canadians by Ernest Hemingway

  • Kevin Patrick (4/18/2016 4:12:00 PM)


    As a Canadian I strongly endorse this poem.

    Times have changed though Toronto is a cesspool of motor cars. On the bright side its still hard to get rich in our country.
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  • (2/28/2016 4:10:00 AM)


    Praise of Canadians and their way of life and it's comparison with that of Americans strait way versified. Thanks for sharing here. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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