A reckoning

when i am missing Hamilton
i
drink Megalo
over looking the Ontario
waters,
i listen to Doucet
or
read up on
Wilson
bitching how the
City is fucking up his
town
.
i think back on my last
summer
realizing it was
my first,
becoming aware finally
of the drive
over top Ivor
grown
green maple
down into Parkdale.
in
winter,
i will
remember
first time on
Main,
up Catherine
to
Hunter,
the TH&B
under
Christmas snow lights
blue
and white –
walking down book
stores on
James
and losing my
heart ,
discovering
a secondary home
in the cork
with
music
that danced
like
Stoco and Tweed
.
On the day i
left
i watched the
harbour
drove Canada
over
the SkyWay
past
our flag
and knew i was
country. i am a horse
on fields
running over hills,
i am
the explorer of
my grand
fathers
searching out
neighbour
hoods
and architecture
walking
the city and smelling
her steel
melted for
me.
.
.
.
……..the fiddle music plays
the wine over
Ontario tastes fine
and is found
here in Belleville
original Irish is grown
in the rocky hay of
Read,
and i dream i am
home –
open my eyes to
a horse
staring back
into
mine.

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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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