February 7, 2023

* FEB 7: brief saga -- Chemainus, BC (part #2)

reprise from February, 2020

FEB 7, a brief saga: Chemainus, British Columbia part #2

You can review the first three stanzas (A through C) of this epic poem, first published here in January 2020, by clicking HERE.

Authors' Note:   For ecological reasons, the mining of uranium has been banned in British Columbia for several decades. Uranium has been extensively extracted from pitchblende ore at sites elsewhere in Canada, and is present in the reduced or 'uranous' chemical state.
   In the late 1890s, copper, gold and silver were discovered at Mt. Sicker on Vancouver Island. A gold-rush ensued, and mines were operated profitably in the area until 1909.   
   Today, the town of Chemainus (sheh-MAYN-uhs) is best known for its extensive exterior wall-murals which depict the history of its once-thriving resource extraction industries.
   The Dominion Astrophysical Laboratory, site of many important discoveries about the Milky Way, is located 70 km south, in Saanich BC.

 Curious readers can learn a bit more about 'pluff mud' by reviewing another illustrated verse, HERE.

 For the purpose of this blog, a 'brief saga' is defined as a poem, usually narrative, but occasionally expository, that tell its story in at least 15 lines. Most commonly, the format involves three stanzas in limerick form. Your blogging team has been presenting these concoctions at the rate of one per month, mixed in with shorter poems, wordplay and other general offerings.    
To access the next 'brief saga' on this blog, proceed to 'Walrus and Carpenter (Carolina lowcountry version)' .

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