Hometown Sojourn Part 2.

Appalachians of Canada…

The Bulls were gone
everyone was pointing fingers at the culprit(s)
no one looking at themselves or saying
‘Thank you for the years’

and they pointed fingers at the outsiders
and in meetings they bickered and separated into factions
on the radio they explained why investing in a new team wasn’t
worth the risk

-this OHL team wouldn’t be returning

they also removed the prayer from the beginning of Council
not wanting to upset atheists
but
saying it was to keep people of ‘other faiths’ happy.

my resume pile on the passenger seat was getting lower and lower
and reality was starting to sink in….

Employment Agencies were telling me
‘with your education you won’t get a decent job here
go to Toronto or Ottawa and you’ll find something’

maybe they were right…
what was keeping me here?

……..a memory(s)………

memories of family and childhood
but memories are of the past
and i needed to move forward

a phrase was rolling around in my mind

‘Appalachians of Canada’

-right or wrong
someone in line at the Employment Building
had turned around once and
said this phrase to me

another nickname to the growing list of nicknames for this town…

…bellVegas
hellVille
bellNothing…..

the negative list was endless
and i needed to get out before i started saying
the same things myself….

i needed to change with the times
and make new memories or
nothing was going to change
i knew that without a positive change

i would be selling Grandpas’ Caddy
just to cover the cost for one month of
my ‘education’

which was no damn good here……

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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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