Afterwards at the Diner….

……Excerpt from Return of a Dick……..a follow up to SteelTown for Mary Memoirs from a Dick…

I’ve noticed
you don’t always put in the same amount
of sugar in your
each time you stir one

sure you’re not a detective?

and no interest in becoming one

any interest in seeing one?

Depends if
give a straight
or not

-it had been a beautiful evening
a walk along the beach
under the Skyway


telling me about unicorns

then a friday night meal at
the Cork

a dance or two
maybe three…

now here

getting a coffee and
a tea

earl grey-

i don’t like a lot of sugar
that’s the first thing

The second?

i don’t like measuring it perfectly
because…life isn’t perfect

Oh don’t be so melodramatic

i don’t measure it out because a good
coffee is like good wine…..
it should never taste the same

to cup
bottle to

A romantic and a poet

would you see either of those socially on a regular basis?



Nope. I want me a detective
not a Kerouac…

-….and the night just went on from there


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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