Hometown SOJOURN Pt.1 of 5

..Big Business

was pulling the big yellow caddy up
and pulling into the large parking lot of
one of those American store chains

remember when the store first came here
and the threats of boycotting didn’t last long.
more items and cheaper prices did their job.

i’m slightly conflicted about big store chains
they employ a large portion of people from the surrounding area
people – who need the work.

at the same time
we as Canadians were also watching another
American chain leave
after less than a year in the cold north.
and as we watched the chain leave
we were witnessing former employees across the nation
throw their hands up and say
‘now what?’


pulled into the parking lot
and pulled a sheet of paper out from the
pile of resumes sitting on the passenger seat.

it wasn’t American chains every
local person had to worry about
it was online shopping.

it wasn’t going to catch on with
certain age groups
but the younger crowd
they understood product availability and
prices cheaper than walking into an
‘all in one place’

such as this one.

was also thinking
that stores on the opposite side of the
border could possibly feel the hurt
from lack of Cndn shoppers

high gas prices
border taxes

why bother?

not when you could press a button on your keyboard and
save yourself

a trip.

so what was the answer then?

well for me it was in this parking lot.
no – not the big American chain swallowing up most of the real estate
it was the smaller store beside it.

a local indie store selling local product to its community
at a decent price.
things you couldn’t get online or
across the border


inside the big blue monster next door……


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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