3PM at The Active Arts Studio in Rednersville

hold that beer Richard

make the crowd believe the
hotel hasn’t burned to the ground.
hold that beer
and make Shakespeare believe
it could be Yoricks skull.

hold that beer Richard

look up at the crowd
not a church crowd
but a
bar crowd.
make sure you’re unshaven
wearing something
not found on the ordinary
clothes rack –
it’s the only way we’ll believe
you’re the embodiment of
the Roblin human
spirit.

take off that hat Richard

put on those sun glazed
sun glasses.
get that deep sound
get that high pitched
‘ i wouldn’t want to go to jail’….
sound.

hold that beer Richard

show us your eyes
the threatening face of a working
man
the eyes that know and
have seen Canada
in Canada’s own back
yard.

hold that beer Richard

sit on the stool
show us the hands with
cabin splinters
and empty your guts
reading the words
from a Manly diary
from a man
who saw and did
it
all

hold that beer

AL.

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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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