Labour Day Wknd…..School? Starts On Tuesday

a group of high-schoolers walk past the monument steam engine
the spirit of Sir John A
downtown Kingston

they pat the big wheels
they camera phone their high-school poses
they pat the big wheels some more

The Spirit of Sir John A, Engine 1095

says one

says another

says a third

they all agree

i sometimes wonder about adults who still strike a pose for the camera
when well into adulthood

they sip their sippy pop drinks
they sip their sippy pop drinks
they sip their sippy pop drinks
6 blocks yonder at the corner of King and West
a scream is heard in City Park
police rush to the scene only to find
Sir John A’s statue has fallen over
and rolled several times on the


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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