60 million light years from a new galaxy
i pass the Hubble cemetery along Campbellford Rd
lean into the next turn and drop down to
60km before Stirling.

the News speaks of discovery by distant namesake telescope
and i smile thinking of family connection
of grade school science class
and proving to everyone the relation
with blue prints kept safe in
kitchen drawer.

60 million light years from Earth
family namesake stares into great beyond
teletypes or morse codes or hotmails
simply stays quiet and stares…

small town Earth
rotates into 2015
and all these numbers of distance
and mileage swirl inside the mind
around the drivers wheel –

time line and family line
the great beyond of space
and heaven
as Hubble bones sleep soundly under
the family frost
keeping one binocular open
towards the stars and


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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