1,000 lakes – 10 billion stars more

if there’s a star to the north of here
then where the hell is here in location to there
here i am floating on the still lake of Stoco
my boat is the wave at the river mouth of Clare
under the bridge we start into Moira
around the sand lodge and the outlet of rock towels
we’ll call this Sugar Island dear

but tonight on the fire
while i camp in my cabin
i stand on the deck and i point you up there
with your hand on your eyes
you call that the dipper
close the screen door saying’ don’t let mosquitoes
find their way in’

if there’s a star to the north of this nothingness
tell it to take its time leaving us tonight
i don’t want to wake admit this is summers end
i just want to dream of my fishermen’s tales

the middle of this lake is calm and it’s clear
tonight in my boat i will stand and look in
together we will point and say ‘yes that’s the north star’
and paddle in unison back to the shores of Lake Stoco….


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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