This Is Our Poem

Where the words fail
the music picks up
and you realize it’s team work
a ‘wolf pack’ – a Boyden description.
Bring us into the moment
and let’s remember the imagination
these drawings on the interior cave
the spark from first fire of the night
on a hill in Algonquin
a Bon Echo wall holding our pools
-this crackling up into the stars…

Strum it all out
when the words fail
when it’s scratching the moment.
We’ll dance as lobster men and women on a canvas
forgetting our figures and joining our shadows.
The painting will continue and even it takes a generation –
the next ‘us’ will come along and understand
reinterpreting the song
reinterpreting the

* ‘wolf pack’ – A Boyden description: Joseph Boyden is a famous Canadian writer. As the Tragically Hip prepared to end their 2016 tour in Kingston Ontario – Boyden described the band as a wolf pack surrounding and protecting lead singer Gord Downie as he sang on stage for what could be the last time….

* Algonquin/Bon Echo: two Canadian parks

* Lobster men and women: Henri Matisse a famous painter created two paintings entitled ‘Dance’ and ‘Music’. In the first piece figures are shown dancing in a circle holding hands. In the second piece figures are shown playing instruments. Because of the red pigments used – the figures look to be very orange – some have referred to the figures as ‘lobster men’…..


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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