heritage trails through tweed, rawdon and past campbellford

the skidoo birds
travelling over the death leaves
hidden in white and frozen ice,
shit pellets mixed with both mentioned above
scurry down a straight line of
used rail tracks parallel to hwy 7
the great
conquered rock of nothingness and
swamp through valleys of towns dead and
forgotten
with homes that stand fast and hide from
civilization before Ottawa

the skidoo birds

unable to fly or sing,
simply roar and believe they have
beaten the snow or the winter
perhaps believe they have become one
with it
not knowing they are simply out racing themselves
tearing up the leaves and dirt
which are not dead

but sleeping

waiting for spring to call nature back to life
for the real birds,
woodpeckers, tapping pulse back into
this cold white nothingness
and over take their roaring madness

soon

a great wave of frozen water, snow and dog piss-
slapping these machine beasts back down into their garages
to hibernate or to wake their brothers

those now – sleeping – four wheeled bastards

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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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