atleast i wasn’t there long enough to taste the food

for a lousy sprained foot
hobbling through one corridor to another
from one waiting room to another
from ANOTHER waiting room to…. another

no nurse offering shoulder
crutch or cane.

in one waiting room
a mother and her daughter
giggle with no age difference

‘mom that soldier who was killed yesterday-
look at his picture profile – he was cute’


and the giggles continue.

at last-
hobble out with foot wrapped
told 7 days of no weight and lots of
snow peas frozen
or corn.
look for ticket booth to pay for parking
or cash machine to take out a twenty
in emergency they have never seen one.


over to front ENTRANCE

hobble outside around hospital
a few football lengths holding onto rails and bushes
and cars
hoping alarms do not go off.

find ticket machine
find cash machine
and pay the toll master

hobble back across the infield
foot bandaged so i can’t kick for the extra point
wonder why the hell don’t they have these machines at every
entrance point.

climb in truck
and now search out a drug store
to rent some crutches
or a chaplin cane.

donations may be welcomed
but belleville
you got my 20 bucks in parking
and i got my exercise
and i got my intelligent conversation for the day


i think on the way home
i’ll stuff my wallet in the glove compartment
and i’ll leave the radio



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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