church street construction

they give up
this merry road crew
rain and mud is too much
our pavement roads
reverted back to pre-
corduroy times
perfect, as mennonites
pass up the street
in their pick
horses in back field
stay under
hang overs and
watch their
bearded masters
hunched over wheel in
stoic measure

abandoned street
boardwalk empty
without saloon
or barber
i draw down on nobody in
middle of noon hour
pick up my blue box
and trudge
back inside to


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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