somehow i feel better about myself

aside from family and a good buddy – plus 2 strangers
the courtyard seating of 30 was empty

the king and queen stayed in the palace
court jesters and the sheriff went for a stroll

the castle left the bridge down simply for a cool breeze
Robin and Marian decided in the warm weather – they would frolic in the forest

but the show must go on
read- and i
explained the how and the why’s
and the why

i took an hour and bled
then searched out a thatched roof on John street
and poured out a brew

it has been a few weeks now and i’ve been licking my wounds
until tonight….

tonight on another continent
two countries face each other on the ice
they take on another sport of public display


and as these two teams play inside the arena of winter
the outside is above 40 in the shade with palm trees wilting in the sand

as these two teams play
the following work day seems far too important for a mass general audience

Ottawa – the Capital of Canada
Florida – Stanley Cup finalists
performing where they do
the crowd seating of 14 thousand
5 hundred
dwindles at 89 bodies for puck

at home I raise my head and smile realizing
some sports are as equally hard to grab attention for as others

and 89 to 5

makes me feel a little bit better about it all.


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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