dear katherine, thankyou…………

(before the show)
wife and i walk around the ameliasburgh
historical site

back to the basics
when books were a luxury
the escape after supper, where dad
could lay on the couch to sleep
with warning to read quietly
(turn down the t.v)

in our wanderings we find the
log house loo,
pre-jitters speak to me
and i fight the need to
sit down and play the

(after the show)
Mrs. Leyton steps up to me
saying it’s her birthday-
i sign her a copy of my
stuff, grateful
i am still in my homeland
and don’t have to join
toronto troupe back
through 12 lane correspondents.

we leave,
though it’s not leaving
when all this feels like part
of your backyard
– it grounds you thinking
about locality, and counties
a rounded out identity
and time lost

-when you live locally
time means nothing
and a historical walk before
or after the show
leaves all the voices around


i understand what you meant
now, and why one
last time you stood by the
shores of your
own home,
and have never truly left.

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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