the long blank

i tried to run and lose your face
to throw the world and
lose the pace
the crowd beyond
this earth i
oh silent words i hear you now
the crowd is gone
i move the plow
the fields are here
i’m home again
no one like this has ever been
young trees and old
i trace the wind to make it
i race the air and
make it
someday somehow
this i know
what once was is
will be again
a face has been will be
mine and then
i can slow and lose the race
look around and take
a taste
my childhood when none of this
was in
and hit the ground and be again
just a kid and just a
oh Lord above do hear me now
i’m not a farmer where is my
i’ll fill the sky i’ll turn the clouds
carve a path for your
feet to touch
in this i know, oh somehow
i’ll be the race
the angel charge so
remember me when you touch
i’ll out run the Michael and his
and clear the way let you
move forth
let everyone say before we go
who was he who ran
so slow
catching up and to the crowd
but you and i
we will know
you and i
will have made you proud
i try to run and
keep your
let go of the world
and keep
earth and ground and heaven(s)
remember me
my hands do shake
me for
heavens sake


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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