This Painting


his last canoe paddles through
choppy evening waters
haunting desolation

growth vs death
knowing beautiful desperation
and the ability to cope

his lost canoe paddles against the west wind

his incomplete tree – stands
ignoring sun set

sounds against silence – dipped oar bopping wood belly past shore line….

Now I –

a grown man – trade high rise red and white flag
curtain out bedroom window
for this final algonquin on my bungalow wall

– hear the evening waters down the family corridor
nature whispering out the chill of summers’

* The West Wind is a painting by Canadian artist Tom Thomson. An iconic image, it was the artist’s final painting, and according to some art historians was unfinished at the time of his sudden death by drowning in 1917 during a canoe trip.


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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: