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Market & Main

written by: Grant Guy


I was on my way home from work
Crossing Market and Main
A drunk made a bee-line straight for me
His hand was outstretched

He asked for spare change to buy a cup of coffee
We were standing outside a liquor store
I knew it was not coffee he wanted

Having just found a wallet
With sixty dollars inside
I bought the drunk a bottle of wine

Instead of a polite tipping of the hat
And a giving me God bless you
He accompanied me in my walk
Across Main Street
And on toward Portage

He mumbled about this and that
Until he finally said

Have you heard of Che Guevera
Being a Marxist

Of course I know whom Che Guevera was

Well, I fought with Che in the Sierra Maestra of Cuba back in ’59.

I said Uh huh

He added

Look at Fidel Castro now
He's the president of his country
And I'm only a fucking drunk

Grant Guy

Grant Guy

Grant Guy is a Winnipeg, Canada, poet, writer and playwright. Former artistic director of Adhere + Deny. His poems, short stories, essays and art criticism have been published in Canada, the United States, Nigeria, Wales, India and England. He has three books published: Open Fragments (Lives of Dogs), On the Bright Side of Down and Bus Stop Bus Stop (Red Dashboard). His plays include A.J. Loves B.B., Song for Simone and an adaptation of Paradise Lost and the Grand Inquisitor. He was the 2004 recipient of the MAC’s 2004 Award of Distinction and the 2017 recipient of the WAC’s Making A Difference Award.
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