it seems every 4 years we pull up stakes and move along…..

drinking from cups or glasses before
our time
August Fest Der Tweed ’75
whiskey half shots of
Writers Tears
sweating the late August Ontario heat
hitting record from the front steps
Stirling Fair ’15
listening to
bands playing live against the
backdrop of Oak hills.


the back of the truck
a bale of hay rots from travelling
between Toronto and Read
dumping a salt lick into a Dakota wheel well
and leaving the family fields
unsure of that retirement age
while closing door on truck
lost between running shoes and
frayed heel’d cuffs
and deciding that time is lost in the drink
not the cup or the glass
and deciding or admitting
is not ironed out on a childhood map
nor is tradition held in the
next generation

so baby

let’s just travel
in a vagabond or
nomadic lifestyle – pull glasses or
cups from the shelf
we need one
-visit a Value Village when we need
another set
and know when another series
of four years is tugging
on the sleeve…


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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