Richard – the local journalist…..

for Richard,

‘write us a poem’

best Purdy voice
catching up to us
at the Hastings
Plowing Match.

more in regards to

‘smells like Elvis, soap’

and together we quip
the smells must be
cheeseburgers or pea
nut butter and

it’s a helluva walk in the 1″ plus
rain, now mud-
the Forstell farm

‘speaking of Elvis, it’s his annual
festival in
Tweed this weekend’

from there,
i comment about Mitchell on morning
radio, years ago
when he said,

‘makes sense Elvis would be in Tweed,
it’s a dead town anyhow’

and his joke didn’t go over the airwaves
and the reminder today is
still finding itself
stuck in furrow-it-later-mud

Richard walks onwards,
camera in hand
wide brim ready for more rain
and we keep walking
not really trying for any
particular destination

Dear Richard,

for now-
this is as close as i can come
to a decent poem about


when a better one comes to mind,
i’ll be sure to put your
name on that
as well.


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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