When Going to a Community Event

i
notice
usually the smartest
person in
the room, wants
to
sit beside me.
By
that i mean,
the most interesting,
the person
who is seen as
a
bit different,
that
awkward person,
or
shy.
Usually they
are
the best ones to
have sit
beside you,
and they are usually
ones you
hope sit beside you
at the
next event.

someone
once
said,
there is a difference
between
being poor and being
part of
the working – class,
there is a great
distinction.
Same as the ones
who are
educated, but have
worked 3
jobs to get that
education.
It’s like the hollywood
actor
who earned great
stardom,
by being a construction
worker
or firefighter first.
They don’t have that
air about them,
but
they are the most
interesting,
and you hope they
want
to sit beside you
at the
next community
event.

by in part,
the
ones you don’t
EVER want to have
sit beside
you, are the ones
who
are full of shit
but
they think they hold
great
wisdom
or can tell a great story-
even though
they might take 4 hours
with 10 letter
words
to tell a 30
second pun.

i never want to sit by them

nor

do
i want to sit
beside
a person who has
no education
or
great desire
to work,
they just complain
about life,
or think
they understand
terrorism.
And they don’t.
But they
believe so.

like
the
someone
who
said,

‘these are the people
who
believe
monkeys and dinosaurs
and Jesus,
all lived at the
same
time’

the ones
who
believe this,
will
someday
find themselves,
sitting in
a room,
with a community of
others,
waiting for their
leader to
dry off from some
great baptism,
and while
they
do,

his minions will show
you
a video
of
Jesus returning
the second
time,
apparently
appearing in
mexico
and showing some
group
around a well
his pierced
hands
and feet…….

I never want to be at a community event like that again.

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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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