Return of a Dick…….Return to the Cork…..Return to the Bridge

the first night we danced at the Cork
it was a friday night
it was
the first time i got to hold her

it was

Dirty Old Town

our song. our town.

sharing it.


a few weeks later we went back
it was a friday
liked my routine and my neighbourhood

not sure she wanted to go to the same place

but i think the magic of the music
and the food
and the drinks
and the old guys behind the bar

got to her.

on this night
Luke and Melissa were playing on stage

i flashed my badge at the security
(irish guys in big shirts)
and they let me get to Luke’s ear.
is one cool dude.

i asked him for a specific song

i went back down the floor
and put my hand out to a woman
was quickly
falling in love for

Luke starting playing with

not Dirty Old Town


a newer song…….

Skyway Bridge.

and she cried into the shoulders of my shirt
held me closer
and i vowed in that moment

never to let her go……


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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