a yellow table……

a camera crew roamed the property.
every once in a while you’d sense
the boom mic above your head,
the lens nearby

in the background
kids played in the water
a neighbour tightened in deck screws with
a squeal
a canoe rubbed against a dock

at intermission,
one lady asked for a signature
and as i wrote inside her book,
the camera zoomed in
so i wrote,’ this sig for you, has
been caught on film’

the table i was given to use was
Al’s.
an old yellow round one with the
paint flicking off,
and i wondered about what kind of
coffee or tea he drank in
the morning
while he listened to the waters,
to the neighbours

i am somewhat pleased with myself
with how well the books sell –
all the credit must go to my wife
as i break for the portable toilets as
often as possible

but i am still an ant amongst men
and rightfully so, Al’s books out sell
me 20 to 1…make it 3, or 4 .
but i sit here behind his table-
a kid in the candy store
not entirely sure what to make of the whole
situation.

-kids splash in the water, in the background………..

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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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