It is a dead and stagnate town

the great nostalgic past
wearing t-shirts
of logos we were
too young to associate
flower power youth of
colour in a time even
if a child,
we would not
know the
political or world
struggles of business
or drug-gged-behind-the-scenes

local radio hits the
online and dies
playing great oldies
and terrible 80’s in this
town where competitors
must know your name
be your daddy’s son
and never leave to come back

there was a time when
great stories had to be written
the competition was there to
hold the quality and
the evidence, to quote
Babylon and relegate Caesar.
its a soap opera trash minute
– now –
choosing to work for the best
black and white printed line
is for the weak –
uploaded headlines every 30 seconds
uneducated trash to turn the
tides of the working man’s mind
(who now becomes)
unaware of the real details.
it multiplies down to the uneducated school chums
hooked on reality know it all celebrities
and cartoon-sitcoms showing
a non-existent tween how to bypass
living their childhood
and become a market place drone

ahhh saturday morning cartoons
my cereal and slippers
and quiet tip toes
not wake dad,
are still happening as i pass
by sleeping dog and
move past wife
a VHS collection
kept well oiled and preserved
for the weekly homage
and i sit and ignore
all regulated
cell phone


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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