Hometown Pt.3

Pt.3…Prince Edward County

I
love driving through ANY part of
Prince Edward County.

It’s not just the wineries.
When I was kid coming over
they weren’t here yet.

It’s not just the Sandbanks.
I loved bombing over with
friends during college
but more often than not at that age
you could find me more north in the Land O’ Lakes region.

It was the change in the air itself.
a lighter feeling
and a drop in weather pressure which
always cleaned out the sinuses.

PEC County was an island unto itself.

You could drive in an eastern direction and follow
the water towards Kingston.
You would eventually meet up with the ferry
now
made famous by a Gord Downie song
and take a free 15 min ride across
before continuing on along the water system
and eventually find yourself travelling
the St. Lawrence system.

I love to drive.

PEC Island intrigued me because it was a
tourist location.
Visitors saw what they wanted in the Summer.
They enjoyed the Fall weather

But

What about Winter survival?
What about Spring Cleaning preparing
for another onslaught of travellers?

It was the down time that impressed me.
Surviving the winter weather along the
same waters while
trying to keep basements dry during
April showers.

Hell

just trying to make a regular income
by doing a regular drive to places of employment not
found on this island refuge.

It helped me in appreciating my own drive
taking my time without a care in the world
knowing in a few hours I would be gone-
transported to a whole other section within this
area of Ontario.

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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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