Roy Bonisteel

At the Agmusuem in Stirling
Roy is
thrown
onto the screen,
a ghost talking
about
ghostly things
these
fair grounds a
showcase
to
1,000 years
passed in
less
than 80.
like the wild
west
or Butch
Cassidy,
his
own cousins
scattered here
while
Wyatt resides
in Hollywood
after
Tombstone.

Roy
talks about
farming
dairy and cheese
while
a plow turns
soil
a great wave
in the
ocean
without a
surfer,
and the soy
bean tide
is tossed over
on shore
as a
Massey-Harris
passes
a
mule and
snorts
in diesel,
unaware
of its own
great
metallic demise

time
eclipsed only by
the
event horizon,
a
4-H
child
and dairy
princess, queen
furrow
working to
earn their crown,
explain
their
love for animals
and
daddy,
who is paying
a
mortgage on his
tractor

Roy
smiles on
the
video screen
– only 2 weeks previous
his community
prayed over his
passing
but
in this rural
museum
with the rest
of
the township history,
Roy
still stands
and
smiles,
saying hello
through
the dvd player,
welcoming
the bus tours
of students
and grand parents
remembering.
they
leave their dinosaur
vehicles in
the drive
way,
walk inside
and witness
the slow turning
of earth
around the sun
and under
the
blades of
a
share plow.

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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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