Liters Vs Gallons…..

back roads
with farm machinery parked on side
pot holes and iced over gravel – slick as a tide pull
learning faith while the salesman holds the dash and prays

‘do you knows these roads son?’

like the back of my hand.
hit brakes hard and turn wheel.

in Toronto the traffic is far different
but the lesson is the same
-steer into and then out
learn if this vehicle can relieve you of a difficult situation quickly

‘can it pass an 18 wheeler in under 3 seconds?’

i don’t know son – please don’t tell me we’re going to the hwy to find out

farmer looks up from tractor pushing last nights manure in pen
he lifts hat and waves and i roll window down

‘hello Roy – nice day today isn’t it?’

and Roy smiles dumping bucket while backing out – returning to barn

Springbrook Auto…
this new car smell is eased onto lot with care
backed into position for next test drive
while salesman looks across holding papers
and i look over steering wheel – listen to the engine
asking myself

‘what do i know about modern day vehicles….’


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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