‘The Country of Our Defeat’ , ‘Where the Young Leave Early’

what do you see at the shore line

a puff of smoke from the chair
in the kitchen
creating clouds above the stove pots

what do you see past the shoreline

brant before he was tyendinaga
perhaps hamilton, as he coasted into quinte
neither one staying, neither
leaving

what do you see below the shoreline

bakelite buried and gone
poisoned history for community housing
detroit dodging and hiding
a
20 year rebuilding strategy

what do you see just off the coast of the little islands

corby bootleggers
stashing loot and reloading cargo
america rising at the moon-dimmed docks

what do you hear coming up the shoreline

a fire alarm
james mcnabb, speered in the  river-boat-house
his spirit (?) keeping building empty

what do you see behind you at the shoreline

hidden underground freedom trail
shops closing and dying
goodbye to quinte’s hotel
to  greenleys,  bohemian, village shoppe….

what do you see, your hands shielding the glare before your eyes

kitchen chair where you sit
and ponder
peel potatoes, think on ghosts
their roots still digging through the soil

what do you see………

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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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