the wounded native

i hear something coming through the backyard winda’
sounds like a wounded man at first
then, no
perhaps and old man yelling out by the


it has stopped

there it goes again
coming out around the corner of the house
but not my house
the neighbour’s house

i’m on edge this supper hour

i’ve already almost hit
a black bear today heading up
the Loyalist Wallbridge into

where the city Mayor
who has
no interest in running again
says the downtown core won’t be

last week he got cold feet about
a new
police shop 5 years into
promising a good

it’s what he does best

makes promises
then finds scape-goats

i’m just kidding


i’m just kidding
i’m sure it was just more bad luck
in a town used to bad

and that black bear was huge

but back to the chanting
or the singing
or the wounded animal
wounded indian,
i mean
native – i am nothing if not politically

don’t tell me this property was built
on some ancient
burial ground

there it is again
the singing has returned

sounds like someone is telling off
Neil Young-
wait – is that the Lynyrd Synyrd song?

it actually is the neighbour
coming around the bend

not on 6 white horses

but getting off the lawnmower
and coming from around the clothes

– she likes to keep her grass short

Kentucky blue grass
9 hole short

-guess i better cut mine tomorrow
keep it prairie in the wind length
where a cowboy can step down from
his horse
and write a song
or a




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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