after a week of ceremonies
bury the young soldier today.
after gathering
around the memorial and walking
across the grounds
to hug another faith
a long drive under
over passes
after a cartoon sketch of
an unknown soldier
stepping down
to lift their fallen comrade home –

we sang loudly
we felt our blood stir
felt our
hearts sink and join
we stood as one
and our province for a moment
became a

we prayed what we sang
and what we didn’t have the words for
was flown in our flag

a steel city which is normally ignored
a federal government which is usually invisible
first responders who typically go un-noticed……

in another week
when all goes back to normal
i wonder

how much will go back to normal

will the wealthy and the cultured and the intellectual
go back to singing the anthem their way?

will the un travelled talk about Hamilton with a sneer?

will first responders still be un trusted walking in Toronto?



go back to separate provinces
separate cities
separate homes and religions

will we

just maybe

raise our heads on the sidewalk when we pass one another
and acknowledge the person
walking by with the humanity that has
been moving about us


October 22 2014


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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