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

‘WOW’
says one

‘1095!’
says another

‘CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’
says a third

‘THIS TRAIN WAS BUILT IN THE YEAR 1095 AND IT STILL EXISTS’
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
ground.

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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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