The Tributary Heart

to understand Ontario
and all her
familiar looking
little towns,
you
must drive into
her heart her
soul

Algonquin

where we have written
and painted
1,000 times
and will do so
10,000 more
before she finally
dries up and
dies into
another city

Writing this

i am parked
along
loyalists’ wall
outside
this little city
that is unknowingly
dying or knowingly
so, but unable
to admit it –
and i think
of my grandfather
in hospital
bed,
asking

‘Is this what you want to do with your life?’

finding myself stunned
at the question
but
knowing he is
right,
shovelling out
barns and
riding tractors
for someone
else
or
working the temporaries
before they
close forever,
is the same as
drying and dying
blowing away
to another province
where no one knows
who you were
or cares

it takes these
portions
of the poem
disjointed
like
puzzle pieces
from different games
trying to put
them together
to show the
listener a
complete picture,
knowing somehow
i have and
haven’t

when i wake up
tomorrow
algonquin will
still be a
painting,
the little towns
and
outstretched
cities
will look out
to
this one,
and like my
grandfather
say,

‘Find something that matters before it’s too late.’

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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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