Nov 19 – these past 3 days….

Buffalo’s Berlin Wall
stands solid
across
the horizon.

Via the 401
it has travelled
373 Km east
to Prince Edward
County
while
stretching north, over
Lake Ontario
moving
out
through Rochester.

The Wall
ends
its border
HERE
just
after Puslinch.

Along the Bay of Quinte
the Wall
shields the view
holding strong
around
Rednersville.

This Great Wall
of cloud and
snow
and smoke –
stands water to ozone sky.

In the
tourist wine county of
the Sandbanks,
the year round residents
shiver and prepare
knowing the rest of the winter
is coming their way.

They
look across the Bay
and wonder if Belleville
is still
conservative
and lazy,
then
look behind themselves
over the provincial
lake,
saying a silent prayer for their
American counterparts
grateful
the 2 meters of snow
has not come their
way-

In summer,
the same permanent residents will
drive 373 km west
remembering
how it felt when the
Wall was chinook’d
in
April.

These permanent residents

will travel in search of
America’s
I-90,
simply hoping to prove
the roadway
and Rochester

still
exist.

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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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