the next morning – listening to the overall percentages of voter turn out…..

if you didn’t vote
don’t want to hear your patriotism
about fallen soldiers on home
foreign soil.
want to hear you
about higher taxes
how the city
or the
roads are going to hell.
need to hear about corruption
don’t require your voice
singing before a
hockey game
to you speak
foolishly about changing
the words
to our national anthem.
don’t need to hear your thoughts on
other religions or immigrants
coming to the area
most importantly
don’t need to hear why
you failed to
get out
at the last minute.

– stay at home
watch the ball game
tend your garden
worry about your finances
and sit around with
the majority who
did the
same as you


get on Facebook
get on the radio
talk at the back of the church
gossip round the cooler
get on the phone
write an email
yell at the walls

stay silent
and uninterested.

we can play some cards
we can watch a movie
we can talk sports
we can talk weather


please don’t start up on the
local politics
or the local businesses
or your financial
or employment hardships

don’t go on about downtown
or tourism
or water rates

– no wonder candidates don’t knock door to door to door
they already know it’s a waste of energy


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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