and then i come home and find 3 towels on the shower rack, not knowing which one was used on the dog

from dundas,
i turn left onto
herchimer
and then left
on
bridge.
i cringe at the 4-way
of bleecker
but,
remember you
at 18,
walking west
after swinging from
church
and leaving
st. mikes.
you
looked good in the
fall,
in the winter
you
always look good.
i was in
my early youth
surprised
to actually find you
as i drove
in my tempest,
honking my horn
and excited
to drive you home – a full
two
minutes
away

i continue
down
bridge
stopping at lights
before the
new courthouse,
watching
the guys in yellow
hats, measuring
up forms
for a new sidewalk.
i miss the smell
of early
fall mornings
coffee
breath and cold tongues
breathing in
the last
of the work
week,
labour work made
the body
feel good,
it pushed ideas
through
the mind,
and
i looked forward to
spending my
evening with you.

i drive past the
finished
court building,
look at the
corner store sign,
think of
my brother working there
living on
cedar
and wanting to get
the hell out
of this
dying town,
but you
and
i are back
and
i pass by where
you work.
i’m heading home
to do
housework,
hoping
you’re looking
forward
to spending your
weekend
evening with
me.

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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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