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The Wild Lily Institute

The Fleur-de-lis


“If these delicate feet could dance, the spaces would echo with tears, but the room is silent and visitors come in and out, and the windows reveal young girls outside, in imagined old leotards and ballet shoes, scuffed with time, practicing, practicing for . . . le danse.

The fury of the imagination is passion and, in a stenciled choreographed life, no movement is immaterial, timing is exact and the curve of your hand or the tilt of your head string a nice set of scales. When the movement is mastered, the next position demands attention and the next, like a succession of children holding hands.  The creation is of the author, and passion is their forward movement.”

Thus begins The Fleur-de-lis, an 800 page document in poetry by Emily Isaacson sent to Prince William over 5 years. Unlike a ballet in literature, experience the richness and depth of her postmodern verse, and the beauty and nuances of the local countryside and art.

This volume of postmodern poetry is Canadiana literature in bloom: the sea, the stars and the North all appear at Emily’s eloquent table. The perspective stemming from her disciplined art, its prolific influence, her painterly presence, her sense of decorum, and nicely, the silver thread throughout her epistle of romance all establish Emily as a prominent poet of Canadian birth.

The Fleur-de-lis captures the simple essence of both martyrdom and liturgy, memorizes the moments of soul, and makes the sacred a poignant and lyric capture. A literary monument, this reflective work of poetry is both mythic and contemplative. Piecing together the journey of humanity from simple beginning to royal coronation, the poet is given to birth and pierced by nature. The language of verse speaks as medium, chronicling human nature in all its pathos and gestation.


                                        The Fleur-de-lis   Volumes I II III


About volume three:

India Passage was written by Emily Isaacson in 2006, inspired by Walt Whitman's "Passage To India." Emily Isaacson's riveting collection is free verse pieces, and after 25 years of crafting poetry, her lyrical voice and practiced ear produce a carefree and lilting result: the sea, the journey, the ship all come to  life in this postmodern poetry with romance and spiritual transcendence as destination.

The Emily Isaacson Institute was originally founded for research and education in literature, the arts, and medicine. Located in Mission, British Columbia, they featured the writing and analog photography of Emily Isaacson, her work and legacy.  A regular visitor of Westminster Abbey here in the mountains,  her writing reflected the solitude and mythology of the Canadian wilderness, the sea, the stars and the First Nations people. 


The Ship Lantern

The light on the water
gleaming at silence,
the steady hum of the prow,
and derelict rope coiled.

Where I stand, the nations wait
riveted in darkness,
fearful to trespass and
asking to eat at this fortunate table.

Where once my hair met with the wind,
and the storm in my eyes
was a virgin bow,
the sea was an unchartered course,
domain of mariners afierce.

The moon shall rise
in this salty sky,
round and full,
it will guide the way;
and the night,
flickering with candles,
will be lit by the undying
legacy of youth.

One by one, they join the stars,
perishing at the hands
of their tormentors;
death shall not overshadow
the silent song,
of what will rise
and overcome.

by Emily Isaacson

The Fleur-de-lis Vol III, p. 363 c. 2011



for Emily Isaacson's The Fleur-de-lis (three volumes):


 "You've got the magic, Emily!"

 T.A. Barron

Author of The Great tree of Avalon:

Child of the Dark Prophesy


The Fleur-de-lis is such a testament to living in Canada among the diversity, heritage and culture. Emily Isaacson's writing is vivid, imaginative and a joy to experience. Her words literally unfold in a landscape of luxury for the senses, that expands a lifetime of terrain in a glorious pursuit of endless destinations. It is a must read for the sheer enlightenment.

Tracy Repchuk

President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets


Attempting to pen a few comments on Emily Isaacson’s new work is like a caveman with a chisel and stone trying to capture a resplendent, golden sunset.  Emily is a painter, a sculptor, a ballerina with words.  Her creation is to be savoured and sipped slowly on a grassy knoll, not swallowed hurriedly.  Let the reader dance with the poet as she takes one into times past, or to enjoy nature with new eyes, or to be drawn closer to the Creator – in English or in French. The Fleur-de-lis is a delight.

 Marc Dalton, MLA


Emily Isaacson’s poetic words are precious and beautiful. I like the fact that they embody thoughts that are deeper in some places than my thoughts have gone before, even deeper than I can understand.

Dorothy Peters, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Trinity Western University


Reading The Fleur-de-lis is like the refreshing fragrance in the air when the sun comes out after raining much of the day. Emily Isaacson takes you on a journey through nature line by line and poem by poem as she points to the story in a leaf or upward to the sky above. Every word dances off the pages and into your soul to brighten your day. Her finely chosen words expand the reader’s imagination: as you reap the wealth of her golden words, they glitter in your heart. Emily is truly the Poet of St. Clare and her writings will inspire you.

Preston T. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D.


Upon reading the poems of Emily Isaacson one is effortlessly transported to the realm of yesteryear.  As one reads there is a growing perception that here is something rare and special; something fragile yet strong; something lyrically musical.  Exquisite word choices elicit delight and a desire for a second read.  Her insights are deep, truthful, at times whimsical, but always compelling.  Brava, Emily, for The Fleur-de-lis.

 Ingrid Suderman, Soprano

Board Chair of the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI)

Board of Directors, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)


Emily Isaacson, in The Fleur-de-lis, embraces Canada’s history and views it through the fresh lens of poetry. Her voice is passionate, multi-colored, and lyrical. Her skilled and accessible verses show that the reach of her understanding is deeper than fact-finding; they turn this telling into a document to be celebrated.

Luci Shaw, poet

Author of Breath for the Bones and Harvesting Fog


The Fleur-de-Lis is a masterpiece!

Helene Levasseur, founder

The Holy Wow Poetry Club


Emily Isaacson’s imagery is rich and full of colour. Her sensitivity to the world and its people, its animal life and the beauty of nature come through strongly. Poets are somewhat like prophets. They allow us to see the 'unseeable' and open up vistas of worlds beyond our imagining. 

May your message of poetry reach all . . .

 The Poor Clare Sisters,

St. Clare Monastery


Emily Isaacson's writing style requires stopping to drink in every word.  Her poetry is demonstrative of an artful writer and extremely impressive, as the discipline to write in such brilliant hues can only be honed over years of dedication and hard work. Well done, Emily!

 Bruce Marchiano

Author of In The Footsteps of Jesus


My heart 'gets' Emily's work at depths where my mind is still reaching to grasp. She's a mystic-theologian... whose poetry resonates with intimations of God's suffering love.

 Brad Jersak, M.A.

Author of Her Gates Will Never Be Shut

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

This inspiring quote by Marianne Williamson is from her book, A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles.