we 2 cndns….

there is a great anticipation
as though the earth itself were preparing to come up
center of our being and swallow us whole

it is the great fight
the survival of stamping our feet
telling the ground ‘stay down’ you have not won yet

this great anticipation
years in the making
understanding survival and searching for prosperous times

growing older
but not yet old
changing ideas about planting roots

– muscles now that change the habitat of youth
moving from art galleries and city wonderment
almost forgetting the childhood horse
believing for a moment
after church my church could be this solitude
of museum silence and archaeology of the mind through history


then in car driving lost channels of childhood roadway
we pass fields with long hairs and mares
and my soul jumps and longs for the saddle (for how
ever the long the saddle may still be there)

but this great anticipation
leaps through our bodies leaving scented oils
travelling the night hallway air – letting us know to be prepared

there is going to be great change to accompany this hard work towards reward…

for living does not come without a price
it does not come without the readiness to move with the current
and look up to heaven thankful you are still alive

in a decade or half century
i wonder about our bones and our whereabouts
then realize – it will longer matter

we are a caravan moving
the earth rumbles as wheels begin to roll
the horizon is promising
as God is promising

growing older but not old is a grand idea
when life is worth living for……….


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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