Dress of Henri

i will make you a dress made of the finest Matisse
complete with splattered blue on white
figured bodies with birds and swimming fish in a summer pool sky

will you dive with me as you twirl your legs around?
show the dinner party that faith and beauty are alive when we create

in the morning you will be my oak leaves
the dress hanging on the chair
breakfast sun arriving through bedroom balcony

by evening i will have made you another dress
and there will be another dinner party
but we will not be seen


we shall go where you want

you are my landscape woman
and i will look you over -i will watch over you


what if i told you that every city especially New York
is simply a sketch with a pencil inside the clouds creating each day?
that each dress i make for you is from your own dreams

it is you i want – your familiar lines giving direction
a small port along the cliff line – above the ocean
where all the colours are blue and white
bright reds and green with yellow


i will be your dress maker
sketching while you dream of towns and provinces
waiting at the sewing machine for you to awake – open the window

and allow the salty breeze from the waves
the rest of this story can be saved for tonight…..

our private dinner party…


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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