Flower Pot Island

20 minutes out from harbour
the old man
tends his flower pots
guarding the border between
george and lake huron.

before his garden arrives
a smaller island
a little island with her
perimeter guarded by
boulders covered
in orange/red moss.
the island perhaps
a sun-dial or a
or a watch tower
a neighbour
for the old man
alone with
his garden.

on his flower pot island
stones are stacked and washed endlessly
in circular layers, facing only
one side of the waters.
planted in the pots
are his evergreen torches
in defiance of
the waves from the bay
from the sea.

pots – his face carved and looking out
year long
summer tour boats pass by
and hometown kids fish
from shore.

our tour boat heads home
passing by sunken ships outside the harbour
and we flash pictures
out of town – new cottagers
who protest against 40 years
of tourism
their firm grasp on monetary survival achieved
uninterested about town profits or
a way of life which keeps
tobermorry afloat through winter
or the
the hometown kids
who snowmobile out
to visit the flower pots
and the old man
his stone sculptures
still defying the


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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