Henri In Ol’ Mexico

in this abandoned adobe
empty bean cans
beer bottles
sleeping bags

you stand in sadness midway through wardrobe change

the photographer is outside
hand over sunglasses
fighting the glare yelling

‘come on!’

your assistant stands with you
and you both wonder about the emptiness

but along the far wall
a copy of a copy of a painting rests
tipped against and salvaged

– in America
a broken TV with rabbit ears would normally stand here
and your assistant says

‘rabbit ears?’

‘cut outs by Matisse’
you say

and pick up the copy of the painting
while your assistant follows with shielding towel

‘do you need further make up?’

and outside the photographer grumbles
about losing light
fidgeting with canon camera

‘get your self on out here!’

-you set the cheap cut out copy of a print
carefully leaning it against the wall on the ledge
you turn and follow your assistants towel
knowing they neither look at you
or Matisse

you pass on the make up
and you yell out the adobe pink door-less exit


knowing Henri would be pleased somehow


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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