a cndn in n.y

their buildings numbered the trees of Algonquin
the same square mileage of old and new
abandoned, found, then raised back up
within the diversity of rooted life arguing
the same old arguments of
which heritage came first

we took the tourists-tour
were warned in beauty the
dangers of known neighbourhoods

acronyms and street slang, typographical-legends
‘remember this before going there….’

Alphabet City

you’re Alright living on this street
you Be careful if visit down there
you’re Crazy to be traipsing in this part of town
go to that hood and you’re Dead

we bussed through the Gates of Hell
drove turnpikes
and dove under the tunneled ocean

we re-appeared at Katz Diner
searched for the Co-ed’s of Central Park
and floated under the B M W ‘s

the elevator left us at Highline
near the overhang of the meat packing district
with the smell of dried pig blood still dripping
from the roof above – the museum below
and raised railway

i picked you a flower before guiding stars led us 41 streets
midnight and Empire onward

back at the hotel
sandwiched tighter to concrete
than wintered nuts for squirrels –
i looked out window
and knew home was where i couldn’t see home
while the wandering spirit-priest of Chelsea blessed us

then told us

goodnight

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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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