Nov 18. American Exodus

a solid cloud mass
ghost-smoke
growing
and moving
across West
lake
growing
and building
moving
hooking a sharp
right over
the Bay
and continuing north
-16

100 km winds

a Californian cloud mass
the opposite mirror
of smoke
moving quickly through
the hills
eating up the land
as the furnace is fuel’d
and the smoke-cloud
grows larger
leaving Ameliasburgh
and
hitting the Bay of
Quinte

but water here
does
not slow
down
the
destruction
it
feeds the fire
of ice
and snow

the temperature continues
to drop
rather than rise
winds howl
through windows
pushing vehicles across the
yellow lines-

people in their homes
hope
water pipes will not give way
realizing this November threat
has not left
it has only spread itself out

finger tips

reaching into Quinte
moving northbound
following
the straight
stretch
of Loyalist Wallbridge

here at the Trenton borderline
the storm proves
it is more than a single cell
organism
and separates instinct
from logic
it ignores the confusion
of un-sync-ro-nized
traffic lights
spreading east
west
growing out from
the roots
of its southern
base
within the Sandbanks
and continues towards the
Hills

-Mother
I write to you this one final letter
before winter takes charge
our pilgrimage was not
easy
and establishing our new
home has seen
many a hardship

but

we will make it through

California will see sun again
and here in this large
airport
landmass
stretching along the Great
Lakes
you

will find us here

alive and well in spring

no matter
what side of the waters
we choose
to live
along.

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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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