there is a tree in town

half dead

already turning fall colours
poor bastard
lucky bastard
i’m unsure.
my yard
a sunflower is beginning to unfurl
yellow falcon claws
one week before labour day wknd
one week
before the beginning of september
yellow school buses
lucky bastard
poor bastard
i’m not sure for him either.
the submission pose
or the fighting stance
sometimes it’s hard to tell which stanza to take.
hell with it.
lace the gloves up
i’ve been massaged down
my belly is growling
and mind is telling my soul
so hold the white towel dear
above your head
and begin the rally cry
hometown crowd
or visitors
bench……they haven’t seen
real blood yet.



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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