Hometown Pt.2

Pt.2….The Bridge

My caddy turned right onto Dundas
and the water ran along my left.
I put the downtown behind me
and the memory of Reddick’s Bakery back in the vault.

Sailboats lined the shore
the bridge was pulling herself up
facing the sunshine and blue sky.
20 more minutes and I would be in the County.

I was feeling nostalgic today

The drive I was hoping
was going to help clear my head.

I’ve been trying to find myself
trying to find my place in the world
and I had nothing but time to think

‘how do you find yourself in this area?’
But
negative thoughts don’t help.

I turned left and the bridge began
to nose the front of the caddy.
A gas-guzzling gift given to me from
my grandfather.
I’m a 20 something man
driving a long yellow canary
rather than something modern.

My thoughts rose with the bridge
and over to the County.

It was now Spring moving into Summer
but passing over the bridge always brought back memories of
Hockey.

I loved winter in Belleville as a high-school’r
and I loved it as a Loyalist College kid.
Skating on the Bay
looking up at the brown brick radio station
and OHL players of the era
coming down to skate and join in
a scrimmage…

I hit the arc of the bridge
and the sun sparkled.

Trenton was just down water to the right
and Kingston was just up the
waters to the left.
But
I was heading straight – south.

South through Puslinch
South past Roblin Lake
South beyond Picton.

I was heading towards West Lake Retirement
I was going to visit my grandfather.

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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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