all that matters is who you’re with

not one bad ham
the sand dunes to the boardwalk
and that protected long grass
‘pay attention to the protected long grass’
and i do as you tell me
12 foot waves slamming down salting maidens
pulling clams
‘don’t say anything more about the clams’
and again – i do as you say
the hot sand the hot boardwalk the hot flip-flops
‘don’t tell me what you saw flipping and flopping’
but i think only now of my hot feet
my sore heels my tired arms
carrying towels and beach chairs and umbrellas
pulling shirt down over growing belly and you say
‘that’s not a bad ham’
and i agree – pulling rock and roll over age
only to realize the level of my


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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