Listening to the Local Radio from the Cottage

we aren’t Toronto
we aren’t Ottawa
we aren’t even Kingston for God’s sake

dude –

– i think inside my head

i’ve been through smaller
and same sized towns
only 20 minutes down the water from you
with a rich downtown core revitalized
full sidewalks with shoppers
providing a lifestyle people want to live

damn –

– i think inside my head

you’re not even Napanee
you’re not Gananoque
you’re not even Wolfe Island

– so for Gawds sake

dude –

don’t even try to utter your town name alongside


you can’t do battle with these big towns
you can’t do battle with the proud smaller towns

you’re too busy doing battle inside your own
and getting nowhere
except closer to the end of the road
the Bay water moving up past your knees

– i think inside my head


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, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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