a peeler and a bobby (for Mark)

i fuckn hate patrolling this area

why Robert? i think you just miss walking thru the old CFL hall of fame district.

no. it’s this Custom House stretch i hate – Alex i always smell olives

huh i always smell donuts. besides it’s not the house you hate it’s this newer ol’ tunnel we walk thru.

yeah but you know about the original tunnel don’t ya?

aww don’t be so superstitious – just smile and wave to the old lady in the black dress up there.

*Custom house in Hamilton: said to be the most haunted place in the city with 25 ghosts roaming. The most famous ghost is the lady in black

*A doughnut factory and an olive factory set up business in the Custom house over the years

*Alex and Robert: Alexander Hamilton Wingfield was an employee of the Custom house and in 1873 published the poem – The woman in Black
Sir Robert Peel was a police officer who created the modern concept of the police force.

*Peeler and Bobbies: historic terms for police officers. Peeler directly comes from the name – Sir Robert Peel

*Original tunnel: A tunnel running from the tracks into the Custom house basement collapsed – sealing 15 transients inside. This became their tomb and no religious rites were made.

*Mark Leslie is the author of the book ‘Haunted Hamilton’ where this information was collected. He is also the director at KOBO.


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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