doppler radar

your friends
more than your family
what a sad
weird life you will live


your life
gloriously and move forward
the next generation within
the gene pool will
never know
and won’t care

the façade moment-gatherings will bring familial smiles
but they’ll burn out quickly
and the sidewalks

the refuse bins

the hydro poles

the trees

the lawn furniture waiting for pick up

the recycling blue boxes

will still get picked up
the grass will
get watered and mowed
monday morning’s will come and go

kids will play inside

kids will play outside

everyone will smile

smile and wave

they will stay beautiful for you
in that
singular moment towards you


go back inside
close the
straighten pictures on the wall
and continue on
making their

leaving you with
your friends
already-leaving, sitting down
at their
family table


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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