local police surveillance

he walked along king street
ducked behind and followed king william
he thought about greek food
slipped inside and purchased a coffee
he saw hart and crossed james
went into jackson and purchased a shirt and tie
he went down the escalator
purchased wine and cheese at the farmers market
(steel city cheddar 5 yr)
thought about real dried out and tuff beef jerkey
rode the wheelchair access to surface level
appeared back out onto the newly created 2-way
tipped a hat to the salvation army
walked west towards the arena
(former arena – former team)
entered the library
stared through the glass and watched the old clock
rented a free movie with his library card
tapped the ol’ statue on his way back into jackson
and smelled the sour fish from the worlds largest
out the front door
passed the bike cops ready to start their patrol
crossed over to gore
gave a nod to queen vic
sat down on the bench
laid out his lunch and waited for the police
to say
‘you must drink that at home.’


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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