the model in Tyendinaga

there it was
the painted over photograph
transmorphing the model from page to portrait
leaving her still shuddering on the

‘you can drop your arm now’

untangle the legs
leave the seat warm
cool off under the lights

‘toss me my robe’

she walks over to the easel
sees herself as not herself

‘which book cover will this be for?

‘no book cover’


‘musuem of modern art once i teach my class how to capture
the proper chin in ratio to your eyes’

a cigarette is lit
the artist waves his hands above his face

‘don’t ruin the wet paint – if you must ruin yourself
smoke it somewhere else – but be fore warned…..i can not use a whithered
body which has not be whithered naturally’


‘yes by mother time herself…..this is not body for science…i paint for
art….i must capture strength and beauty under natural light
natural conditions
and you only ruin natural-al-ity’

more exposed than sitting on the stool
she pulls the housecoat tighter
drops the cigarette
and destroys the cigarette under foot


at the factory
preparing smoked timber for native trade
ready to stock shelves by endless
gas stations
janitor sweeps the floor of all debris
the manager stops his dust pan
and tilts it onto the conveyor

‘our customers do not care
waste not a thing…’


the model goes home to sleep

and wonders

holding at moment – only a coffee in her hand
and wishing
while standing at the balcony doors
staring out
the stars…


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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