Toronto/Hogtown/T-dot – Hamilton/Steeltown/The Hammer, or the former secretary and teacher

she remembers
-living in Cabbage town
Cabbage town was a
rough area,
when the boys would whistle from
their cars
as she walked home
from work, offering her rides,
when she would
have to call home to
room mates
and say she was

he remembers
the escarpment
it was a helluva
hike up
but a great view,
i’m trying to remember if
he said,
there was an escalator or
trolley to
the top


it’s all in the past now


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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