there he is
doin’ the whole
crawfish sideways
lookn’ elsewhere’s
like a tourist
tryin’ to
avoid me seein’
one last half
ass glance o’er
his shoulder
to see if i’m
and i am-
so he stares
straight quick forward
hopin’ i won’t
leave the truck
while he ducks
into Quick Cash
on #2 beside
the Employment Center.
he doesn’t know it yet
but i’m gonna
shoot him
-wait for ‘im to get
while i pretend to
nod off in
the heat-
and when he
crawfishes with
too much curiosity
i’ll open my eyes
and grin-
his face knowin’



suppose tho he’s just a guy
down on his luck
a gimp received from a job
that took its toll
and now he’s just stuck
between looking for work
and pawning things
to get him through one more day

he’s avoiding my eyes because of
embarrassment – tho we’re all living in this
town together so
i can’t understand why

reality is more harsh than a pulp fiction scenario

these belleville streets dotted with
pawn shops
quick money shops
and employment buildings

how can anyone get ahead?

i hope you make it
i hope you find something
i hope this heat don’t get you down
while you fight for your life
avoiding bullshit politics


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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