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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 Canadian puppeteer, writer and illustrator. Currently he is the artistic director of the object theatre The Circus of Objects. His poems, stories and illustrations have appeared in over 100 journals and reviews in North America, Europe and Africa. He has five books published, including OPEN FRAGMENTS, and his most recent publication, a children's illustrated book THERE WAS A FARMER'S WIFE. He was the 2004 recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council's Award of Distinction and the 2017 recipient of the Winnipeg Arts Council's Making A Difference Award.
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