150 Years

in the tamaracks
there’s grey smoke a’glaze
chronological marker
saying something here has changed.
the birds continue their song
saying ‘step back Miss Carr’
-a generational foot just after the
British invade.
and the music on the sheet is 30 years now
4 hours Strombo
just after the Purple Onion – Tyson.
Calgary on the map
and we don’t have to cross the border
heroes painted and sung
right here along our
the tamaracks of Fall are yellow in death
burnt branches of October
bringing in the cause.
Winter will sleep and the ice will freeze
un-unified nation will lift up its head.
in the forest here – the birds continue their song
‘original man of each province has been too long a’swept’.
Negroes of the north with their own stories ignored.
propaganda both sides and trust frozen – few.
bring in the next generation
sing – paint – read or – write
writ the wrongs
so it can’t be dissolved.
admit the beauty that every character has seen
Thomson to Carr – Colville in the East.
let the songs sing a story
with lyrics on the graph
local band with a hand that travels
and back.


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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