a dove of all things

i had a bird once
swoop down in front of the truck.
the fog lights in my bumper scooped him
up at just the right time
at just the right
and he was fine when i pulled in the driveway.
i walked over and with a slight prod
and a bit of a dizzy flight
bird flew to the top of the grain tower

but not this time

this time the downward angle of the
was too much for the bird
and it was an ugly sound
and a visual display of a final flight.

it wouldn’t bother me that much
if it were just
a pigeon or maybe a seagull
but this one happened to
be a mourning dove

the poor dopey bastard

trying to avoid the commuters up the hill
only to find me coming down it
two trucks intersecting like a pair of

-prayers earlier in the morning before leaving the house
only to have a dove do this
and i’m a bit perplexed

but that’s the irish in me

and now that i’m home
i’ll have to look it up
in a book somewhere to see what
the ancestors would
have to say about it all

just the way things seem to be going
as of late…


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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