baseball living

you hit the street at 10 am
passing the drunks awake enough to trudge home
passing the pot hole diggers taking turns picking a banjo
passing the labourers on ladders installing trim

you walk through apartment parking lots
passing beer can watchers in basement windows
passing mothers hustling late kids to cars
passing cleaners pulling vacuums up the front steps

you stand in renovated rooms
you stand in mildew rooms
you stand in sunlight
you stand in noise from the street

you stand with eyes closed picturing yourself cooking supper…

you drive back at noon
entering your room and search for a beer

you sit on the couch and watch the tough guys wandering nowhere in your neighbourhood
you watch pot hole diggers call it an early day
you watch the cleaners leave your digs out the back door
you sip your beer at the window and watch neighbours leave to shop for groceries

women leaving to pick up their kids in an hour at school…


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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