Pt.5…..Heading Home

I was rolling down Sidney Street
corner of College with the lights behaving
like four way stops.
But it no longer mattered to me –
at least not for the time being.

My talks with grandfather always brightened
my day – as much as I hoped my visits to him
did the same.

Gruff and to the point
and perhaps out of touch with today’s problems…
it was his attitude and outlook I wanted to
feel rub off on me – sheer determination
knowing I would find what I was looking for.

Negative attitude and excuses set aside
I wasn’t going to be a

‘this is good enough’ kind of guy.

And of course getting out and moving helped too.
Just taking in the scenery of Quinte and PEC and
thinking about someone other than myself.
Making myself see that I wasn’t the only person in the world…..

God this area was beautiful.

Hidden gems
Lost gems
Neglected gems

But Gems

New diamonds in the rough trying to pop out as well.
It would take an artists eye
working hands
and a city with its citizens able to look beyond itself to
move forward….

And I drove past Reid’s Dairy
I turned left onto Roblin rd and into Taste of Country for
some homegrown grub.

I would continue north until I was
on the outskirts.
Turn the local radio up and
let Miller drive me home
while he brought hockey and the Bulls to life one last time.

I would
Find the same girl who stuck quarters in
the wall with me
and sit down and have a meal together.

Tomorrow would be a new day
and in our youth
we’d figure out how to conquer it



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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