Monthly Archives: July 2014

20 is the high (July 2014 long wknd)…..

we have passed through the land of permanent concrete
glad to see new 403 signs for Tim
Hortons
field.

just

the sign tho.

labour day shows little promise for
game time-
instead we focus on this(civil)weekend
a long trip for a short few days
meeting
family from Vancouver
and
family from Ottawa
all watching for rain to hold
until we leave again
Sunday.

summer

isn’t summer this season.
but who’s going to complain?.
Sunday we’ll
pass the Tim Horton
sign,
we’ll whisper, ‘Ivor
Wynne’-
prepare ourselves to make
it back,
through the land of concrete.

-‘the men are working 7 days a week
to meet deadline’……….

Toronto

goes at her normal QEW
pace-


Poems, Purdy and Beer- By Richard Turtle…..

If you like BEER
Poems
purdy

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:

http://www.insidebelleville.com/news-story/4723784-purdy-celebrated-with-poems-beer/


have a strong, strong heart

becoming human
pretzel
or
having 10 japanese women
walk over corpse,
would be
less painful than some sessions.
guantanamo (victims?)
or
prisoners or
(whatever)
should(?) have to feel this rather
than ((whatever))
happens
to them now

except

they would find relief at the end of the session
and perhaps
that would clear up some minds….
hmmm – more thoughts, but leave them out……

she
tells me my 45 minutes are up,
wife sees me walk
through
waiting room, sees nothing
to be jealous of
and helps carry me to
vehicle,
thinks twice on asking
for her own
session,
and promises she
will never
complain about aches
or pains,
when
leaving the
spa
for her
own get a
way.


after the show…..

(today)
accused – or, given compliment-
asked? with curiosity
confusion

are you from the east coast? – Canada
is that an ottawa valley accent

no, and,-
no

(then)
old high school teacher
who doesn’t recognize
me

are you irish?

(answer)
-4th generation

(him), then that doesn’t count
– the *ssh*(e

but i remember him,
very well

(20 years ago)
thought our marching jazz band should
wear school kilt, which the
female students wear
-borrow them,
the
ones, they keep short

why?

because we should show our
scottish or gaelic heritage

-like i said, *ssh*(e

and by noon hour i was
no longer marching
in any high school
band


100 Year Rain deep into the soil (ww1)

it’s appropriate today
that it should rain
1914
austria declares
and
slowly Canada becomes…

let it rain slowly and softly until it all sinks in….


tober to amelia, huron via roblin

in tobermory,
the singing sands
were silent
lake huron stayed a foot deep
for mile after mile
she was a calm native
woman, beautiful, as the sunset
brushed the day over
her body.

on beach,
a montreal couple cleaned up their
van,
washing pots and clothing
preparing to sleep for the night
they smiled and nodded
in our direction-
the language
barrier kept everyone shy
but polite

the sun sank further,
turning pink on the wet brown
belly of land, which refused
to carry a single
note.

the memory, weeks old
has followed me-
is forefront in my mind
as i stand on private
property
and hear kids laughing in a lake
which
starts where i end,
a chunk of earth under my feet
held firm by a grouping of white
cedar,
roots flowing underneath,
humming loudly – anticipating the
already growing crowd on invited land
while more kids pile in the water
and
sing to one another.


Limited Copies Available…..

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50 E.P’s were created for sale at the 2nd Annual Al Purdy Picnic, which was held at his A-Frame home. Inside were 5 poems regarding Purdy and 1 personal note about the influences he held for Martin.

The show was humbling, exciting, and a major success for all involved.

At the end of the show, 4 copies are all that survived, including 5 which owner David Sweet of Books & Company in Picton Ontario; has available at his store – signed.

If you are interested in grabbing up one of the last copies remaining and live in the Quinte area, please head to Books & Company. They also have copies of Martin’s latest book, SteelTown for Mary, Memoirs from a Dick.

The trouble with you Al...

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If you are out of town and would like a copy, message The Crazy Irishman here. Copies are $5 each and are signed. Shipping is included. If you purchase a copy of SteelTown for Mary ($23 includes shipping), Memoirs from a Dick; through Amazon.ca/com or through CrazyIrishman here, you will receive a FREE copy of the e.p while supplies last as a thankyou.

If you were at the show and already have a copy, Martin sends his heartfelt thanks!

Until next time…….

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