iguanas and bears

back when dad would sit around the campfire
and we would regale stories of the beach yard animals
all the real iguanas were long gone
dead to the disease of lake water that could never find ocean

and neither the two shall mix

my fingers now are wrapped around a tool
wrong idea for the for job at hand
but these are the claws of a bear
fat from honey and wishing to know how to get to the past and home

the iguanas though i don’t think they’re dead anymore
they fashioned boats and sailed the lake
found the rivers that led to bays
and from there the ocean
they have their own island transformed themselves into newer lizards
and hunt the population

but bears don’t travel well
they see the ice and leave to hibernate
hoping sleep will change what is
and find the past in their present sleep

i wish to sit around the campfire again
regale father turned grandparent about iguanas not dead
and bears who sleep off the fat of summer
then fashion my own boat and sail never finding ocean
or present tense but an island
where i can transform my current coat and then sleep sleep sleep

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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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