Red for Green trees

some of these
pine
trees have hair
like Maureen
O’Hara
an un-dry season
up the oak
hills dropping
into a river
valley
snow turns
to
rain
and the ground
is retaking
earth
while the river
dissolves from
solid
milk to
a whistle
roar

Rob Ray
still
always skates
here
stops to
hunt moose
and farm machinery
becomes a
haunting
call
remembering
when

back yard
more
branches fall
and i
fetch dog
to gather them
he
drops them
in
wagon
and slowly we move
i
think about a
fence line
to
keep unwanted
tire
tracks off my
property
but a
friendly fence
is
still a
fence
and barb
wire
is one step
too far

down
the oak hills
is never
ending
and stretches
her one
leg into
Foxboro
but i
turn
right
and think of
loyalist
soldiers
as stop sign after
stop
sign holds
myself with
other
drivers
and
stop lights
in a 60
becomes more
dangerous
than 120
on
the mississauga
403

Old number
2
is a
legendary stretch
of life
no longer
kingston
hi (or)
simple
dundas
and her
waterfront
is only
money to
houses
from
belleville to
oakville –

it is friday morn

and my favourite
word
is carrying me
home
back down in
to
a river valley
with red for
green
trees.

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About Crazy Irishman

Touted as a working man's poet, Martin Durkin has been writing professionally for the last 12 years. He has appeared in over twenty anthologies across North America, including, "And left a place to stand on", a collection of poems and essays about the late great Al Purdy. Durkin has also published two collections of poetry, "Hypnotic Childhood", and "The Sound of Quish". Over the past 4 years, Durkin has been on hiatus for the most part but has recently come back to the poetry scene creating a poetry site called crazyirishman.wordpress.com, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on https://www.facebook.com/crazyirishmanpoetry where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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