Shorty Jenkins

i dunno

get the water sprinklers going
talk to Shorty Jenkins – he’s only sleeping
and he’s my friend
even though i only met him once

he gave me a pin
and i pinned it to my chest

so let’s
i dunno…..

get his advice
borrow him from God
for just a moment

tell him that main street is closed for the wknd
and he’s got carte blanche
he’s got the opportunity
create the perfect ice surface
and from Saturday until Sunday
we’ll bring in a crowd
curl our brains out along the shores of
this tiny town

we don’t care about summer
summer doesn’t end the spending season
it doesn’t shutter up the windows
campers don’t leave
they stay

….we got Shorty

i dunno

clean up his pink hat
he’s been with the men with brooms
and he knows

and from the corners of 1st and Lexington
down the middle past the renamed grocery stores
and the parking lots for school buses
we’ll curl – curl all wknd long

Hey Shorty!
(excuse me God)

I got an idea
i’m the promotional master mind
Elvis is gone and you’re on deck
From a 20 yr memory – Mitchell has apologized 800 radio – no cracking wise
this ain’t no ghost town –
it’s safe
you can come

so lets
i dunno

Shorty knows….
he told me once

‘a hockey puck doesn’t know it’s a hockey puck
but a curling rock sure does’

and this laneway will be perfect
and the rocks will crash just south of heaven here
and the Leafs will lose on tv – because they don’t know either
but everyone will be outside
watching the curlers of tomorrow
on this perfectly paved sheet of ice

so come on Shorty

* Shorty Jenkins: was a famous Canadian ice technician in the sport of curling. He was known for his “trademark” pink cowboy hat, pink leather jacket and pink cowboy boots

* Men With Brooms: Canadian movie directed by and starring Paul Gross. Jenkins had a cameo


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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