If you believe what you see on television…

there is no case of mistaken identity
not when standing in your lovers work shirt
hair in towel
coffee in hand

eyes

saying

‘Would you like a cup?’

yet
that’s what he was claiming
stating

‘She’s not the woman i married’

suit ties with penned badges
not entirely
catching his reference

wondering

improvement?

but she’s sitting on the sofa now
eye turning blue/black
tears in sleeves

screaming

‘I thought this was what you wanted!’

what he wanted?

‘What i want is breakfast on the table when i
come home after a long night shift!’

domestic quarrels

pinned badges are looked at
side pocket therapy is pulled from experience

“You can’t hit women you mutt!’

then

‘Give the man some eggs over easy once in a while!’

followed by….

“tell her you love her
and that she’s sexy in your shirt’

finally

‘now – do you want to press charges against him?!’

head raises off sleeve
nose drips
eyes search for the right answer

‘No’….

‘Good’
says the roomful of badges
-a chorus song

‘but if we gotta come back here….”

…and all that’s wrong with the world
keeps spinning into tomorrow

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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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