The Medium, The Message

he said –

imagine St. John
not in Toronto or
live
from New York

but

in a no name town
outside of Nunavut
along the northern border of
Manitoba

telling you important news
was about to be
put forth
and occur from this
spot

i imagine myself
dead
with the ability
to ride a Pegasus
enjoy both saddle and
wings

where location and time is
irrelevant
neither New York
nor Nunavut is a stretch
of island
renovated by native
man

rather

a stretch of body and limbs
needing to leave the couch
separate myself from the North West
and sit down, see what the
fuss is
what John is trying tell

why choose here John?

they speak a dead language
these are a people we ignore
Toronto is the center of the Ontario
universe

yet

because i am dead,
John speaks past my dull words
knowing the language of 3 lands

so, if i am dead,
why not climb back on
Pegasus?

rise into the sky, stand
and jump from her
back

dive into the waters and swim for
fish

but, John keeps speaking
until I hear a word I understand

death is a doorway into another world
where i can travel forward or stay
in the present
but i can never visit the past

so

John –

you have my attention
in this border town outside
of Nunavut.
i have stretched my legs
and stepped over 2 islands that
mean nothing to the
present

and in doing this,
have seen more of Ontario
than any other part of my own self

both now in life
and later
in
death

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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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