The McGinnis Woman

(for kelly)

God went to Robert E. when creating you
placed your body on the easel
pulled you from mystery
and knew I could never be completely ready

we destroyed Eden
fell into a western landscape
and wondered how many more chances
we might be given

we fought battles in national geographic form
and you posed for movie posters

the genres pulled us through magazine covers
fighting for love or lust in pulp grit
before returning to the gallery of modern art

but you are not McGinnis’ woman
nor are you mine
neither can God take full credit

you are pure intellect
elegance and unabashed

you drift always between gallery
and fine imprint of hard case culture

i wait in line willing to commit or solve a crime
if only to move forward to find you again

pushing further into the next drop of oil and canvas with you

lost for words
and grateful to the imagination of
to the paintbrush
and to the use

– egg tempera….


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, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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