Long Friends Lost – Conversing

Hey man! How did you get here?
i was transported by a battle ship – a long voyage – Cozy Cove around to Sugar Isle…

they named that ship ‘logs a hauling’
winter sleigh bells pulled horse and logs cross this
flat belly glass – ignoring True….and yelling out Pierre

Hey man! How did you get here?
i followed the lost channel and found Quin Mo Lac – just before they
renamed her Hungerford

Say the names – Say the names!
these pathways are like pen names to we writers
meaning nothing to most but telling a story about
miniature Canada

miniature Canada?
of course – we are unified and unidentified
renamed and re-chorused – clustered to stand on guard for Thee

but Thee of whom?
and by what Thy Son?

oh we grammar artist know
but we jumped ship – over the rails with our logs a hauling
swimming to safety of shore and calling hwy 37….

Far Enough

*Sugar Island and Cozy Cove: 2 beaches at opposite end of Stoco lake in Tweed Ontario

* Tru(deau) and Pierre: Trudeau park is also located on Stoco lake – while Pierre is the first name of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau

* Logs a hauling: using horse and sleigh people used to cut timber and travel across Stoco lake in the winter

*Quin Mo Lac: a side road along hwy 62 in Ontario which leads into Tweed Ontario. As the road enters Tweed it is called Hungerford. Lost Channel is a side road which runs outside of Tweed but is not connected to Quin Mo Lac or Hungerford

*Say the names: a famous poem written by Canadian poet Al Purdy

*On Guard for Thee/ Thy Son: lines from the Canadian National Anthem

* Hwy 37: the main artery which leads into Tweed Ont

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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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