Excerpt from Return of a Dick: when she told me she loved me

why do you like this town?

-i was quiet for moment.
our dinner almost finished
the wine running low.
we were at Boo’s on James
a beautiful underground restaurant which
we both discovered separately
and now enjoyed together.

i put my fork down and looked at her

looked at my plate…

it’s poetic
it’s steel and grit
but it’s cultured.
it’s not artsy fartsy
least not for the most part-
it creates artists
but the artists aren’t phony.
it brings in people and accepts them
…provided they don’t foo foo the place up.
it’s tough in lean times
and lean in tough times

but it never cries
makes excuses

it keeps boxing its way to the spotlight
and it’s quiet
it knows it’s the butt of some jokes
but knows it can
handle itself.
it’s polite but not a pushover

it’s downtown
up the escarpment town
and vehicles and feet sliding everywhere
heading to work and to fun.

i dunno

i ramble – it’s my town
it’s your town
and a view anywhere you look

sure you’re not a poet?

she was smiling and looking at me
i was blushing
was blushing


no. no way

i’m the under current
the marked side of the street decor.
so since i know what i am
i can go
and can seek out the underside with the badge.
those who walk further into the grey
and have fallen in the dark.
i’m just trying to do my part…
keeping the rest of everyone else
and moving along.

i was rambling and stumbling
sweating now
and staring harder at my plate.
i was finally silent and mustered
enough of myself to look up
at her.

-yeah you’re a poet
a cop with a big heart
…and i love you



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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