Man of Oslo
    Footnotes

    “Man of Oslo,” Ensign, July 1988, 65

    Man of Oslo

    Honorable Mention

    Christian—Grandfather—

    son of Opland’s

    hills,

    outcast

    for your faith’s choice—

    I can only guess

    at your heart’s aching

    as you stood there,

    hat in hand,

    as child

    after child

    left your side,

    leaving fjell and fjord

    and midnight sun,

    sailing out to

    new beginnings,

    taking on the name

    of immigrant

    in strange and arid

    mountain-lands.

    Leaving—

    and you remain.

    Christian—Grandfather—

    Father of my Father’s

    Mother—

    because of you

    I live in this far

    place of peace,

    Amerika—

    and you sleep

    still

    in Christiania.

    Background derived from “The Israel I Love,” by Noel Calef. Used by permission.