From Up Inside the Box

And then she takes the shot
Hoskins at the Line – Kennedy on the rebound
Crawford he jumps off
the fucking net is off the line
German forwards crashed the goalie-
what’s wrong with you ref
are you friggin’ blind?

but it’s alright
because it’s not

we’re flying high
flying low

exhausted in the stands
waving all our flags
Brinklow with the save
another day another game

-isn’t this a party
what will happen when Monday arrives?
all the world in a countryside
the Yardmen sleeps again tonight
hockey sticks are leaving on their planes
provincial daughters

– shut down the mics
turn off all the words
roll up the drapery
the show is over – good night

-look up to the gondola
alone here at centre ice….

now you can turn off all the lights



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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