how do i know?

how do i know we’re gonna make it?

cuz babe,
we’re bobby baun saying,
‘tape it up and let’s go one more round.’
sitting with God and saying,
we’ll do it your way.’
the arena
the barn
the church
the crowd letting us know we finally
made it to the dance,
are above us.
we just gotta climb 23 steps up
the stairs from the basement
from the dressing room
and step on the ice
for one

how do i know we’re gonna make it?

cuz babe,

and when it’s all said and done –

we’re gonna be rocket richard
with fierce blood in

with ‘sugar’ jim henry
bowing to
us in the line
and after
victory saying,
‘okay rocket, i give in,
you honestly scare the shit out of me
i ain’t gonna stop you.’

how do i know babe?
cuz babe,

we’re Canadian.


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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