Jazz Bistro

the bums – they won
Leafs i mean
on television
in Toronto
while you and i
sat at the Bistro
listening to

on stage

at the bar on mute

people and their fingers
against wine glasses
holding up
their phones to tape
(not them)


potatoes in truffle sauce
tasting much like
my own scallop potatoes

the bassist
the left of

-Mark Schneider
fighting a cold and slamming that big fiddle as though he were in heaven or at the Village Vanguard

those bums
on t.v
playing live while
plays 3 sets

-a jazz night in Toronto
still can’t compete against

those bums who still manage to pull one out of the fire every now and again.

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 crazyirishman.wordpress.com, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on https://www.facebook.com/crazyirishmanpoetry where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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