To Dance Like a Bird in One of Those Nature Documentaries

to dance like a Gord
paint with the cut out colours of Matisse
hang out every single moment
and know that the time in between is meant to be hard

to cut across the water with a dog
and know this boat will find you on the shore
scrap book the idea for later – for now let’s weigh our love in privacy

to sing words that would hang in the red room
to write pamphlets advertising to you


i’m a bird
one those birds you see in a documentary
dancing like a Gord
hoping it will catch your attention enough
knowing the pigments won’t dry in our hearts tonight

to cut out the in between
be that married couple which travels never apart
-scrap book that idea for later
for now……i’ve caught your attention

* Henri Matisse : French artist hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting

* Gord Downie: Canadian rock musician and writer

* Cut outs: In the late 1940s, Matisse turned almost exclusively to cut paper as his primary medium, introducing a radically new operation that came to be called a cut-out

* Red Room: in 1908 Matisse created one of his most important works of the period “The Red Room”.

*Hung out every single moment: famous lyric from the song FIREWORKS by The Tragically Hip….” We hung out every single moment because that’s what we thought married people do…..”


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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