Blue Ribbons of Belleville

I remember
passing
you in the
hallways exiting
St. Mikes
back
to Nicholson
then
the
media
gymnasium ‘wheat
kings’
student council member
wailing
it
was their
fault
your ski picture
I remember
peering into your
coffin
thinking ‘where
was the
gunshot’
a phone booth
America
Clark returning
to
Toronto
still meant
no
cup
at 34,
I see the
blue
ribbons
remind myself
what they’re
for
new people new
students
and it’s
Lent
and it’s Monday
yesterday
the readings
were
about 2nd
chances
God before Jesus
a fig tree
and
Good Friday’s
schedule
in
the bulletin
good deeds
peace
and

remembering

blue ribbons
of
Belleville
what do the years
retake?
your black hair
my grade
9 into 10

and life moves on

I think.

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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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